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Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

I had been wondering what sugar plums were for a long time and the other day I came across this recipe. As soon as I saw the recipe I knew that I would have to try making them! Sugar plums are made from nuts, dried fruit, honey and spices. I had just found some dried figs at the grocery store and I was itching to try them so I threw some into the sugar plums. The sugar plums were super easy to make, though they were a bit messy. I found that the best way to mix everything together was to just reach in and mix with my hands. The sugar plums were absolutely amazing. The natural sweetness of the dried fruit along with the honey was just perfect and not too sweet. The spices and orange were really good. The crunchy nuts contrasted nicely with the soft and chewy dried fruit. With all of the nuts spread throughout the sugar plums it takes a while to chew them so you get to enjoy the flavour for a while. I made the sugar plums a bit too big and the next time I make them I will cut down on the size a bit.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped)
1/2 cup pitted dates (chopped)
1/2 cup dried figs (chopped)
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons icing sugar

Directions:
1. Toast the almonds in a preheated 400F oven for 10 minutes.
2. Chop the almonds when they cool down a bit.
3. Mix the almonds, apricots, dates, figs, honey, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in a bowl.
4. Form small balls out of the mixture.
5. Dust with icing sugar.

Take a look at the Eat Christmas Cookies roundup at Food Blogga.

19 comments:

Gigi said...

ooooh, sounds yummy. I'm going to whip up a batch before Christmas.

tigerfish said...

So cute and dainty....
What a creative way to make cookies too. Clever!

Elly said...

I've never actually had a sugar plum, either. These look great. Yum.

Maryann said...

What a good post, Kevin! Thank you.

Sara said...

They aren't something I think I would make, but they are adorable!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I've listened to The Nutcracker countless times and always wondered what sugar plums were. Thanks for enlightening me, Kevin. This is perfect for Eat Christmas Cookies! Cheers, Susan

Peter M said...

This is an "old skool" dessert in that this is how people used to sweeten things...naturally.

Bravo!

Bellini Valli said...

These even sound good for you as well Kevin. With all the sugary treats at Christmas these would be a special treat!

Deborah said...

I have never tried a sugar plum before - they sound tasty! A perfect holiday treat!

Sylvia said...

Nice post Kevn and the sugar plums looks delicious

Pam said...

I also always wondered what sugar plums were! These look (and sound) delish!

Cara said...

Interestingly, these sound very similar to a Moroccan recipe I made for Passover last year. yum!

Veggie said...

I've always wondered what sugar plums were. Thanks for posting this.

Laurie Constantino said...

Sugar plums, Kevin, very cool! They look very tasty. I love the idea of saying, "would you like a sugar plum" -- it just has a wonderful ring to it.

Greg said...

Hi Kevin. Great blog. Nice to see another guy out there cooking. I never knew what sugar plums were. Thanks for enlightening me.

Emily said...

Just made these -- thanks for posting the recipe! After putting it all together, I thought it lacked a little something so I added some amaretto (2 T) and it took it to greatness.

Kevin said...

A splash of amaretto in the sugar plums sounds pretty good!

Lunch Buckets said...

Sounds amazing!

Anonymous said...

And to think the recipe has no 'Plums' in it. I wonder if you could add some dried plums (Prunes)to it?

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