"...The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads..."
-A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
The most iconic Holiday Dessert of all time - - Sugar Plums! Add a little sparkle to your table with this recipe by Dan Kohler.
· 6 ounces slivered almonds, toasted
· 4 ounces prunes
· 4 ounces dried cherries
· 4 ounces dried apricots
· ¼ cup powdered sugar
· ½ teaspoon anise seeds, toasted
· ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted
· ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
· ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
· pinch kosher salt
· ¼ cup honey
· 1 cup coarse sugar (in any color, for coating)
DIRECTIONS: 1. Crush toasted seeds in mortar and pestle, or coarsely grind in spice grinder. 2. Pulse almonds, prunes, cherries, apricots, and ground/toasted seeds in food processor until chopped finely and just beginning to stick together. 3. Pour chopped mixture into bowl of stand mixer and beat with paddle while pouring in honey. Continue to mix while sprinkling in powdered sugar. 4. Scoop mixture into ½-ounce portions (~1 tablespoon each), then roll in coarse sugar and serve.
Yield: 30 Sugar Plums