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RECIPE // Sugar Plums for Christmas!

12.20.2016

Check out this easy, delicious, and FUN recipe for real Sugar Plums! Your kids will love helping you make these and also gobble them up! This will be your new holiday tradition! #sugarplums #recipe #christmas

Christmassy references to Sugarplums:

"...while visions of sugerplums danced in their heads."
Twas the Night Before Christmas poem

"Dance of the Sugerplum Fairies"
from the Nutcracker Suite

"Can't wait to see my dad, we're gonna go ice skating and...and eat sugar plums!"
from the movie Elf (love)

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In 2011 our family attended a Winter Solstice party. (First of all...how fun is that?) And at the party we made sugar plums. You hear about sugar plums a lot around Christmastime, but what exactly are they? Delicious. That's what. Okay, but what they actually are is a combination of dried fruits, nuts and honey, combined and rolled into a ball and dipped in sugar, powdered sugar or cocoa.

SUGAR-PLUMS
Recipe by Emilie Ahern
Yield: 35-40


INGREDIENTS

1 c. any whole nut...we use almonds
1⁄4 cup honey
2 tsp. grated orange zest
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp. ground allspice
1⁄4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup combination of 3 different dried fruits, chopped
(our favorite is 1/2 c. prunes, 1/3 c. apricots and the rest dried cranberries)
1/3 cup sugar, powdered sugar or cocoa powder

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place almonds in a dry pan. Toast on stove over medium heat, stirring often, until lightly browned and starting to smell toasty.  Remove from pan and spread onto plate, allow to cool for 10 minutes.

2. Pulse toasted almonds in a food processor until well chopped, but not pureed.  Remove and set aside.

3. Combine honey, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, and
nutmeg in food processor.  Add dried fruits. Pulse to break down fruit.  If mixture is too thick you may want to process in two batches or add up to 2 T. hot water, but it is supposed to be very thick.  Add chopped nuts and process to combine well.


4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour or up to two days.

5. Set up a work station to make sugar-plums.  You need a small bowl of cold water, a bowl for each coating (sugar, powdered. sugar or cocoas powder) and a was paper lined place to put finished sugar-plums.


6. Dip your fingers in the water.  Pinch off rounded bite-size pieces of the mixture and roll into balls. Roll balls in granulated topping.  Repeat.  (I have a measuring spoon which is 1/2 Tablespoon...or 1-1/2 tsp.- which I find to be the perfect size)


TO SERVE
Lay on platter in a single layer. You may choose to place a toothpick in each one to keep fingers clean.

TO STORE
Store in single layers between sheets of waxed paper in airtight containers for up to 1 month. Their flavor improves after ripening for several days.

*Note: If rolling in cocoa or powdered sugar, roll just before serving when possible.

I hope you love this recipe and make it a new family tradition like we have!

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