Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house . . .
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse!The children were nestled,
all snug in their beds . . .
While visions of sugar plums,
danced in their heads . . .
"A Visit From Saint Nicholas" by Clement C Moore
PHOTO CREDITS: The English Kitchen
Makes 18 to 2
These keep for weeks in the refrigerator.
Gift & presented in paper cups & a lovely gift tin!
3 ounces (1/2 cup) chopped pitted dates
3 ounces (1/2 cup) chopped toasted walnuts
1 ounce (1/4 cup) dried cranberries
1 ounces (1/4 cup) chopped pitted prunes
1 ounce (1/4 cup) chopped toasted hazlenuts
2 TBS fruit jam
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
3.5 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
Do by hand or food processor does a quick & easy job.
Begin by placing the chopped dates, walnuts, cranberries, prunes & hazelnuts
in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until everything is chopped very
small & they begin to clump together a bit. Add the jam & spices & pulse until
it all begins to come together. (when you press some of the mixture between
your fingers it should hold itself into a ball. Don't over process, so keep
checking. You want to see individual pieces of the fruit & nuts, not a paste.
Place the granulated sugar in a bowl. Take out tablespoons of the fruit
mixture & shape into balls by rolling it in the palms of your hands, Drop
the balls into the granulated sugar and give them a good coating. Place into
little paper cups. Repeat until all of the mixture is used up. Store in the
refrigerator in an airtight container.