Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

...while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads...

And now, listen to my solo piano version of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by Tchaikovsky.

This Christmas I made sugarplums with my husband David. They are delicious.

Here is the recipe.

Christmas Sugarplums
from Bon Appetite
For about 20 Sugarplums

3 Tablespoons sugar

1 6-ounce package (about 1 1/2 cups) mixed chopped dried fruits with raisins

1/2 cup slivered almonds

2 Tablespoons brandy

1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground mace or nutmeg

Line a small baking pan with waxed paper or use paper candy cups. Place 3 tablespoons sugar in small bowl. Finely chop fruits, almonds, brandy and mace or nutmeg in processor until mixture sticks together. Working with 1 rounded teaspoonful at a time, roll mixture into 1/4 to 1-in-diameter balls. Roll fruit balls in sugar in bowl to coat. Arrange in prepared pan or cups, spacing evenly. Let stand at least 15 minutes. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover tightly; chill.)

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