Eggnog Flan

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Holiday, Recipes

If you’re anything like me or many others I know, eggnog is a winter holiday staple. You crave it every year, but after a glass full, you’ve had your fill and can’t bear the thought of having another glass. You may even have a couple of quarts of it languishing around in your fridge, leftover from holiday celebrations. You want to get to it before the drop dead date, but never do. This is an excellent way to both use it up, and try something different in the process. It was a hit with our family, hopefully it will be with yours as well.

Eggnog Flan

Eggnog Flan
recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

2/3 cup sugar
4 cups eggnog
5 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Stir the sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until deep amber, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the caramel into a shallow 10-inch-round cake pan, tilting the pan so the caramel evenly coats the bottom.

Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Whisk the eggnog and eggs in a large bowl until smooth, being careful not to beat in too much air. Pour the eggnog mixture over the caramel in the pan, then place in a large roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with enough boiling water to come halfway up the side of the cake pan.

Loosely cover the roasting pan with foil and bake 1 hour. Remove the foil and continue baking until the custard is set but still quivers, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Remove the flan from the roasting pan and let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until cold and set, about 2 hours. To serve, run a thin knife around the edge of the flan, place an inverted flat plate over the pan and flip to unmold.

Retailers’ stores thinly stocked; profits won’t be

AP Online December 28, 2009 | MAE ANDERSON Retailers have thin inventories after coming out of Christmas with slightly better-than-expected sales.

Some retailers kept inventory so low they’ve had to bring in new merchandise to restock shelves, a rare move this soon after Christmas.

That’s good news for their bottom lines. But it means slim pickings for shoppers hoping for after-Christmas clearance sales. Shoppers looking for big sales should act quickly because there are relatively few leftovers to clear out. go to site lenox square mall

“Retailers are much more nimble this year,” NPD analyst Marshal Cohen said. “Their ‘Plan B’ is to have new receipts at the ready.” Cohen said he noticed J. Crew and Coach were two that had restocked shelves with new items last week.

Because their ordering was in line with weak demand, retailers were able to sell more items at higher prices, which is critical to profits. Last year, profits were hammered by fire-sale discounts to get rid of the excess.

“The latest holiday shopping season wasn’t a rip-roaring success, but at least it met or slightly exceeded expectations,” said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody’s Capital Markets Research Group. “Consumer spending is indeed in a recovery mode, which brightens prospects for 2010.” Spending rose 3.6 percent from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 compared with the same period last year, according to MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which estimates all forms of payment including cash. Adjusted for an extra shopping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the number was closer to a 1 percent rise. That was still better than the flat sales analysts had predicted.

Some retail stocks rose on Monday. American Eagle Outfitters shares rose 48 cents, or 3 percent, to $16.80. Macy’s Inc. shares rose 19 cents to $17.76. J.C. Penney shares rose 36 cents to $27.38.

Amazon.com Inc.’s shares rose 84 cents to $139.31, buoyed by SpendingPulse numbers that showed online sales rose 15.5 percent.

The Dow Jones U.S. Retail Index edged up less than 1 percent.

After-Christmas traffic also appeared to be relatively robust, though it wasn’t clear how much people were actually spending.

Roth Capital Partners analyst Elizabeth Pierce visited six malls Saturday in southern California and saw many shoppers without bags. It’s likely shoppers who went looking for bargains left without buying much, she said. go to site lenox square mall

Shoppers over the weekend certainly focused on deals.

Bessie Lyles of Huntsville, Ala., arrived at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta at 6 a.m. to hunt for deals. The 57-year-old left Macy’s with two tops, sweaters and two pairs of jeans, including one pair for $4, marked down from $34.

In order to entice shoppers like Lyles through the rest of the week and into January, retailers are expected to steeply discount what leftovers they do have.

After last year’s dismal season, when unplanned discounts 70 percent off or more began appearing well before Christmas, retailers vowed they wouldn’t get caught that way again.

This year the tight control let retailers mostly keep discounts planned, said FBR Capital Markets analyst Adrienne Tennant.

NPD’s Cohen said the season was good enough for most retailers to survive, though many could shutter underperforming stores.

“If a store didn’t generate a profit, it will really be under the microscope,” he said.

A better picture of how retailers fared during the holiday will be known Jan. 7, when many report December sales.

MAE ANDERSON

One Response to “Eggnog Flan”

  1. Jennie M Says:

    Om nom nom!!! This looks and sounds so good…and just three ingredients!!! Thanks for posting!

    hmmm….wonder if eggnog cheesecake is a possibility? I tried eggnog french toast but the sugar stuck to the pan, I quit and made it into nog bread pudding!

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