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Nicholas Carey
12-24-2009, 01:00 AM
Rachel and I never knew what sugarplums were until we stumbled across a recipe in Saveur (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Sugar-Plums) magazine. After making them, it was apparent that ol' Clement Moore was on to something (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLhnh1VOAoM) :p

Vision-inducing confections indeed.

I thought I might share the recipe with y'all.

Merry Christmas to all!

Sugarplums
makes 75

[FWIW, the picture's not mine and it's a slightly different recipe.]
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/3125581509_024f54fcb8.jpg

2 cups whole almonds
1⁄4 cup honey
2 tsp. grated orange zest
1 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice
1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped dried apricots
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400. Arrange almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool, then finely chop.

2. Meanwhile, combine honey, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl. Add almonds, apricots, and dates and mix well.

3. Pinch off rounded teaspoon-size pieces of the mixture and roll into balls. (Rinse your hands often, as mixture is very sticky.) Roll balls in sugar, then refrigerate in single layers between sheets of waxed paper in airtight containers for up to 1 month. Their flavor improves after ripening for several days.

Notes:

1. When the recipe says to finely chop something, its means that it should be finely chopped.

2. Use a food processor. Otherwise you won't be able to chop things finely enough. I suspect in the old days, prep was done by pounding everything together into a paste with a mondo mortar and pestle.

3. These puppies improve with age. They'll need to be rolled in confectioner's sugar periodically.

Steve Paskey
12-24-2009, 06:52 PM
Thanks! I made some years ago from a recipe I found in the Washington Post, and I've been wanting to try it again.

botebum
12-24-2009, 06:57 PM
Another recipe is much simpler- sugared prunes;)

Doug

bobbys
12-25-2009, 07:11 PM
Thanks, I did not know there really was such a thing!

Nicholas Carey
12-26-2009, 12:54 AM
Another recipe is much simpler- sugared prunes;)Those might be "sugared plums", but they are not even close to sugarplums. Completely different critters.

One is sugar rolled in more sugar, with som non-digestable fiber; the other is a complex mix of sugars (sweet), acids (tart), fats (nuts), crunchy bits (nuts) and essential oils (spices) for complex flavors.

Peerie Maa
12-26-2009, 12:24 PM
I googled "Sugarplums" but found this: http://www.mysugarplum.co.uk/5.html