Saturday, December 31, 2011

Kloss's Tom and Jerry Batter

Yummy note: This was a recipe that my dad's family used for the holidays. Tom and Jerry drinks seemed to be one of the staples around the holidays. You know, we had the turkey, ham, deviled eggs, potatoes, a ton of desserts, and all the other fixings, and of course, the drinks. The Tom and Jerry's stood out the most. I can remember drinking this when I was probably about my daughter's age, as it was such a treat. Every year, it is made. So I'm keeping the tradition up, and this year, I helped make a batch or two of the mix. I recall Grandma Kloss making batches of this batter, and often my dad and other uncles were helping serve us this tasty drink. Years went by, and even though Grandma, my dad, and several of my other uncles that are no longer with us, they seem to live on in the making of the Tom and Jerry's every year. We miss you all dearly. Cheers.

Kloss's Tom and Jerry Batter

6 eggs
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 lb powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 cups) - divided
2 shots Rum

Separate eggs, whites in one bowl, yolks in another. Beat egg whites until stiff. Beat in cream of tartar and salt to the egg whites. Beat in half of the powdered sugar (roughly about 1 1/2 cups + 6 tblsp), pumpkin pie spice, and rum. (Note, you can leave out the rum at this step, and add it at the end to your individual cups, if you wish to make some of the mix non-alcoholic.) Next, add in the rest of the powdered sugar to the egg yolks and beat well. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg white mixture. Add in a couple of tablespoons to a mug or glass and fill with milk or water. Whisk or stir mixture thoroughly together.

Serve Tom & Jerry's to your preference. Some like it served hot, while others like it very cold. It is a matter of personal preference. My preference is to serve is with ice cold milk for a frothy creamy sweet drink. Garnish with additional spices if desired.

Tom & Jerry's - a thick and frothy drink treat!

In loving memory for the Kloss family. 
The Kloss boys - Uncle Tom, Uncle Harvey, Uncle Stanley, Uncle Robert, and my dad Russell

Grandpa Cyril and Grandma Leone Kloss

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