If you’re familiar with the Christmas classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, you’ll remember these lines:
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads
But what on earth is a “sugarplum?” Simply put, it’s an old fashioned candy made very simply out of dried fruits and nuts. If you’re looking for something fun to bring to a holiday party or a family dinner, give these a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Ingredients (Makes 24, 1 inch sugarplums)
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried fruit (any combination of raisins, dates, or figs)
1 cup shelled, unsalted nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (or substitute cinnamon)
2 tablespoons honey
Step 1) Combine all dried fruit, nuts, and cardamom in a small blender or food processer and blend until smooth.
Step 2) Drizzle in honey and combine until mixture holds together.
Step 3) Roll mixture into 1 inch balls, then roll in coconut or sugar to coat.
Step 4) Let sugarplums sit out uncovered for several hours, to firm up a bit.
Step 5) Sugarplums may be stored in an airtight container for one week, or frozen for one month.