In Defense of Tom & Jerry

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  • Dave posted 4 years ago

    This recipe is similar to the one I have been making every year for over 30 years. My recipe is more traditional as brandy is a Wisconsin staple and I mix with a dark rum, 1 oz. each, fill cup with hot water and a big table spoon of topping. Grate fresh nutmeg to top it off. Some differences I made are to use 6 eggs to a batch and a 2 batch minimum. Separate the whites and beat to peaks adding 1/2 tsp of cream of tarter and 1 cup (3/4 lbs) of powdered sugar, stir often. Beat yolks and slowly add 3 cups (3/4 lbs) of powdered sugar, I found a small pinch of cinnamon adds good flavor and a couple splashes of rum helps your hand mixer from bogging down. Fold whites into yolks, your mix should have a yellow hue. I cover with plastic and place in the freezer while I make my 2nd batch. Mix them both in my T & J bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer. You will see little bubble holes and the cold will keep your Tom & Jerry from separating. When serving keep bowl in the fridge and heat up your cup of Tom & Jerry in the microwave for some 20 seconds for a light & creamy taste or try the frother on the expresso machine, hotter is better. It takes me 50 minutes to make 2 batches, just remember to clean everything before you start and between batches. I have been warned that any grease will keep your egg whites from peaking. Two last things I can add. Use the freshest eggs you can get, I have served hundreds w/o any problems from uncooked eggs just make sure you ask you guests if they have any allergies to eggs. Lastly I was able to hear Mr. Wondrich speak and talk with him about my passion for this libation and he did not disappoint, a true gentlemen.

  • Yadsia @ShopCookMake posted 5 years ago

    This drink looks truly decadent.

  • editor posted 5 years ago

    Leftover batter will last for two or three days in the fridge, but you shouldn't keep it any longer since it contains raw eggs. It's most definitely okay to cut the batter recipe in half.

  • v8 posted 5 years ago

    I think I am going to try this for the Holidays. Can I refrigerate the leftover batter or do I need to use it in one setting with friends?

  • Rachel posted 5 years ago

    This would be great to make with Sailor Jerry, given the name. I love using a spiced rum instead of just a dark rum, and the name would be great as a Tom & Sailor Jerry! I'll try it...

  • Joey posted 5 years ago

    I don't think it's a matter of calories in my case it's a matter of the batter being rather large, rarely do I have 10 to 20 people over for cocktails my max is about 5 or 6. We are stout drinkers but 48 servings is more than we can toast I'm afraid.

    Sounds delicious though, maybe I could make half the batter.

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