Showing posts with label Sugar Plums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sugar Plums. Show all posts

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sugar Plums with NUTS


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

Sugar Plums*
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.