Have you ever wondered what “visions of sugarplums” were?
Sugarplums are an old fashioned (I mean really old, like 1600’s) “candy”.
You are basically combining dried fruit with nuts and honey and rolling the mixture into balls. You can also add spices, or change the type of fruit and nuts used as well. I made some with dried cherries as well, replacing half of the figs and dates. Honestly, you couldn’t taste it as much because the figs and dates really have the stronger flavor. So if you want to have another fruit be the main flavor, just make sure to completely omit or just about the dates and figs.
1/4 cup pistachios
1/2 cup almonds
1 cup dried figs
1 cup dried dates
1/2 cup apricots
2 T honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
Finely chop the nuts in a food processor, then set aside.
Process the fruit with the honey in the food processor until it is well chopped and starts to clump. Add the nuts and vanilla and process until it comes together. Shape into small balls and roll in the sugar.
If you want sugarplums with spice, just add 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon, allspice, cardamom to the sugar for rolling.
Recipe adapted slightly from Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat