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Super Easy(and Original) Sugar Plums

True Sugar Plums were so-named because, although not actually 'sugared plums', the original recipes used raisins or dried plums, otherwise known as prunes. Raisins were held together with nuts of various types and other dried fruits and rolled into small truffle-like balls They were a hit with youngsters and oldsters alike many generations ago. Without altering the original too much, try The Yankee Chef's version of this Christmas sweet the way your forebears tasted them, with only a couple of extra touches to round off the textural experience.

Today's recipes use the food processor or blender to finely mince all the ingredients, but I think that method muddles the flavor too much and gives it a monotone texture.......Blah! By simply chopping the ingredients by hand, the taste is fantastic and you can actually distinguish the different flavors all "rolled up into one". Adding granola is a great touch as well, but if you happen to have some granola-type cereal on hand, even the nut-laden variety, by all means this is a nice alternative too. Refer to NOTE for extended list of various alternatives to use.

Ingredients

For 1 Batch(es)

Recipe

  • 1/2 cup(s) raisins, left whole or chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) granola
  • 1/2 cup(s) dried banana chips, crushed
  • 1/2 cup(s) candied green cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) dried plums(prunes), orange-scented, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) candied red cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup(s) honey

Super Easy(and Original) Sugar Plums Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients well with damp hands or use gloves(latex that is-work gloves won't work so well here,sad Yankee humor). This may be best accomplished if you have a standing mixer with a paddle attachment. With your hands still slightly wet from water, mold into small balls, pressing tightly to mold. Place on a large platter and let air dry for an hour to dry the outside and make less sticky. Cover and keep until needed at room temperature. For a 'sweet and salty' flavor, sprinkle some kosher or other large-grained salt on top of each Sugar Plum.
  2. NOTE: You may also substitute the following or use some imagination to form that perfect Sugar Plum, I promise Santa will love it just the same. I use candied fruits here because it adds that special flavor and extra holding power. Use all dried ingredients if desired. Try dried apple slices, candied pineapple(both yellow and green), crushed walnut, pecans or slivered almonds, golden raisins, dried apricots, candied or grated lemon or lime peel, candied citron or shredded coconut.
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