Advent Day 12: Hot Tarragon Mustard

This is Himself’s Grampa Camper’s recipe. It is an old family recipe that was given to me from my MIL soon after I married Himself, so that I could make it for him. This recipe is mostly made during the Christmas Season and is a great accompaniment to ham. Slightly sweet, with just the right amount of heat, and enough tarragon flavor to tickle mature palates, this 2-day-to-make mustard is worth the little bit of fuss that goes into it. In case you were wondering, Himself called his Grandfather Grampa Camper because he had a camper. Makes sense.

Hot Tarragon Mustard– Grampa Camper
2- 2 ounce cans Colman’s Mustard powder
1 cup tarragon vinegar
6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 t. Kosher salt
1/2 stick butter

Add mustard powder to the tarragon vinegar and let set overnight, do not stir. I have let mine sit up to 2 days. In a double boiler over water on medium heat, whisk together mustard mixture. Add one egg at a time whisking constantly until the mix is smooth, add sugar, salt, and butter and continue whisking until mustard comes to 145 degrees for at least one minute to insure the eggs are cooked. This will take about 20 minutes. Pour into any size clean glass jars you wish, let cool completely then cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Will last 2 months in refrigerator. Label and gift. Makes a scant 4 cups.

Come back tomorrow for Day 13.


  1. Heather MacQ
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    I have not ever left a comment on your blog, but have been reading it for quite some time now. Anyways, thank you so much for posting all of these wonderful famliy recipes and ideas. I have made the mustard as a gift for my father who LOVES hot mustard, and the hot buttered rum as gifts for my neighbors. I always love to do homemade gifts, but lately have been coming up short of ideas. Thank you so much for your plethora of recipes! Not only are they unique, but they always turn out tasting fabulous!

  2. Robin Sue
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    Heather- Thanks so much for your kind words and I am so happy you have made some of my recipes and enjoyed them! You made my day!

  3. Gypsy
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    Hello Robin Sue
    Can I use white cane vinegar instead of tarragon?
    I like your Advent recipes and want to make many of them this Christmas.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

      yes, it is always fun to try different vinegars!

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