‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
Excerpt from A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
Fellow blogger Dor from Virginia Views in a recent post stated “I’m not sure what a sugar plum is exactly,” which got me wondering, just what were sugar-plums anyhow? So with the help of Google search, I found out that they were a tasty concoction of nuts, dried fruit and spices rolled in sugar. They sounded like a healthier alternative to traditional cookies and candy that are ubiquitous during the holidays.
I chose a recipe from Nourished Kitchen that promised to be close to the original Victorian and made a few batches to give away as holiday gifts. Easy and fun to make, the toughest part is remembering to soak the nuts ahead of time. I adjusted the recipe by halving the amount of prunes and substituting Turkish apricots. I imagine any combination of dried fruit could be used, such as cranberries, raisins or figs. It would be fun to experiment with different batches. I think I may try cranberries, apricots and figs (or raisins) to compliment the orange zest/spice flavors. I recommend buying small amounts from the bulk section of your local health food store for the freshest spices, fruit and nuts.
As we exchanged comments on her post, I promised to share the recipe if I was successful in my search. So thanks to Dor, I’ve experienced ‘the vision of sugar-plums dancing in my head!’ Happy Holidays to all!