Old Fashioned Egg Coffee

As is typical for me, I'm sitting here at the kitchen island literally surrounded by some of my cookbooks. I especially love my old church cookbooks, as well as the Neighborhood Lady cookbooks from the 50's. I even have a cookbook from 1910 that is almost 100 years old now! I treasure all of them... new, old, fadish or classic.

A topic of conversation by the Moms at a football meeting this week was the coffee we all remember watching our parents sip at church and family functions when we were tiny. It was memorable because they used an egg in it! Do you remember your grandmother fixing it this way? If you do it's probably because you either grew up in Iowa or Minnesota, or had family that came from a Scandinavian country. I'm 2 for 2 on both accounts. LOL.

My Dad and my Grandmother were just talking about this last year and how no one makes it this way anymore. Hmmm. Now that I'm such a coffee nut myself this old recipe that is in roughly a full third of my 'old' cookbooks just asks to be revived! All similar with little bits and differences here and there - this is the basic recipe for "egg coffee".

Egg coffee

8-10 cups water
1/2 cup coffee grounds
1 egg
1 1/4 cup water

Bring 8-10 cups of water to a boil on the stove. Combine coffee grounds, egg and 1/4 cup water in a bowl. Add egg/coffee mixture to the boiled water. Boil 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of cold water. The addition of cold water is to bind the coffee grounds and egg and settle it so you can pour the coffee!Print Friendly and PDF