Advocaat

If you're not in or from the Netherlands and you've had advocaat, it's probably been drinkable. And by that I mean liquid, like a drink. This is not that. The advocaat I'm giving you the recipe for here is more like a boozy custard. The REAL advocaat. Trust me, I'm Dutch 😉

This is one of those 'civilised' drinks, one the old aunties had a little giggle with while sitting in a big circle around the room at birthday parties (yes, what fun there is to be had in Holland!). But since it's not really a drink, you get a little spoon with your glass. And always top with a generous amount of whipped cream!

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 300 g / 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500 ml / 2 cups brandy
  • 75 ml / ⅓ cup water

This makes about 4 jam jars full, so prepare those in advance.

Steps:

  1. Prepare a basin full of cold water so you can cool your advocaat quickly once it reaches the right thickness.
  2. Whisk the eggs and sieve them into a bowl that you place on a large pot of cold water.
  3. Add in all the other ingredients.
  4. Switch on the heat.
  5. Keep stirring and scraping the sides of the bowl while the mixture heats and thickens.
  6. Once your advocaat reaches the consistency of custard, switch off the heat, transfer your bowl to the cold water and keep stirring while it cools.
  7. Sieve into the jam jars and enjoy! Chilled, the advocaat will keep for a few weeks.

Note: Don't let your advocaat get too thick, or it might curdle. It will thicken up as it cools!

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