Last week I was at the grocery store and walked past a display of “holiday-scented” air fresheners. One of them was a can labeled with the scent of “Sugar Plums.”
That got me thinking…what exactly does a sugar plum smell like? What is a sugar plum for that matter? So, as I do with so many things, I Googled it.
It turns out that a sugar plum isn’t really a plum at all. It’s a ball of yummy stuff rolled in more yummy stuff. Am I the only person who didn’t know that? It’s not exactly the vision that was dancing in my head after reading “T’was the Night before Christmas.” I suppose they could be worth a try, however.
If you want to make your own Sugar Plums this year, here’s a recipe for you.
2 cups whole almonds
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped dried apricots
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Arrange almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast in oven for ten minutes. Set aside to cool and then finely chop.
- Meanwhile, combine honey, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl. Add almonds, apricots, and dates and mix well.
- Pinch off rounded teaspoon sized pieces of the mixture and roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar and refrigerate in single layers between sheets of wax paper in airtight containers for up to one month.
Calyx wishes you a wonderful and safe Christmas holiday with your family and friends this year.