Friday, December 18, 2009

SugarPlums for Christmas

Sugar Plum are candies associated with Christmas and are made from nuts,dry fruits and spices.I had heard about sugar plum or rather the 'sugar plum fairy' but had never seen a recipe -never even knew it was a candy to be precise - and did not even knew they were so easy to make until I saw them in Closet Cooking.

Ingredients:
Almonds: 1 cup
Date: 1/2 cup chopped
Apricots: 1/2 cup chopped
Dried Figs: 1/2 cup chopped

Honey: 2 tbsp
Orange Zest
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Allspice

Preparation:
Toast almonds in the oven at 400 for 8-10 minutes till they turn brown.You can do this in the stove top(I did) or even the microwave.Let them cool a bit and then chop them into small pieces.Also chop pitted dates,figs and apricots.

Mix all the chopped nuts, dry fruits,spices and zest in a bowl.Add honey and again mix well.I used hands for this.Form small balls out of the mix.Dust with icing sugar and serve.




The nuts add crunch to the sugar plums while the dried fruits make it chewy and add sweetness and a bit of tanginess to this.Honey makes sure everything sticks together but the dryfruits also act as glue.I added allspice and pinch of cinnamon and avoided nutmeg as I elt the allspice has a nutmeggy taste.You can add the spices as per taste or do check the original recipe at Closet Cooking.


Obviously this is my simple sweet Christmassy entry to T&T:ClosetCooking at Salt2Taste,an event by Zlamuskha.

The Christmassy sugar plums are onway to Homemade: End of 2009 Edition where all things Festive are welcome.

UPDATE on 13 Jan 2010 : These are also a part of the Jingle Event at Asankhana. Thanks Priyanka for accepting this along with BonBon Cookies.

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