With just a few days until Christmas, the #SundaySupper group has been getting into the festive spirit by seeking inspiration from favourite Christmas songs and films. Hosted by Tammi of Momma’s Meals, a whole host of decadent treats awaits. I chose to make Sugarplums, inspired by The Nutcracker.
As a little girl, I loved ballet. I went to classes from the age of four, and I can clearly remember the moment I got proper, ribboned ballet shoes – I felt so grown up, though I can’t have been more than seven at the time. One Christmas, my godmother gave me a beautifully illustrated book of stories from the ballet and I pored over the pages of The Nutcracker, particularly obsessed with the Sugarplum Fairy.
I gave up dancing ballet long ago, but I still adore watching it, and The Nutcracker story has continued to be a Christmas favourite, whether watching the film, seeing it live at the theatre or just looking at the pages of that beautiful book.
Still, I didn’t actually know what Sugarplums were until I researched for this recipe. Surprisingly enough, they are not actually sugared plums, but rather a mixture of dried fruit, nuts, honey or jam and spices. It seems that the name comes from the traditional use of prunes – dried plums. But you can substitute any dried fruit you like. They seem to originate from Victorian times, dried, sweetened fruit being a particular luxury, and so popular as a Christmas treat.
I used a combination of dates, dried apricots and glace cherries. The syrup from the cherries and the stickiness of the dates meant I only needed a tiny drizzle of honey to bind it altogether – if you substitute drier fruit, you may need to use more.
They’ll add a festive, nostalgic touch to any Christmas table, and provide a great, bite-size alternative if people are too full for Christmas pudding. Best of all, they can be made in minutes and there’s actually no baking involved – you simply have to blitz all the ingredients in a food processor for a few seconds, roll into balls and they’re done!
They make great presents as well, wrapped in festive cellophane, solving all those last-minute Christmas panics in one fell swoop. They’re naturally gluten and dairy free, so if you need a gourmet present for that difficult-diet friend, these are perfect.
All that remains is for me to wish you a very happy and delicious Christmas and to point you towards the other festive creations from the rest of the #SundaySupper group:
Party Appetizers & Snacks:
Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”– Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song” – Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” – Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd Inspired by the movie
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow” – Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol” – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” – A Kitchen Hoor
Pumpkin Pudding Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” – Basic N Delicious
Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams” Inspired by the movie “Elf” – MarocMama
Sugarplums Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker” – Happy Baking Days
Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Take A Bite Out of Boca
Festive Main Dishes
Maple Syrup Spaghetti– Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” –girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” –Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” – Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause” – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies – Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story” – The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration” – Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza Inspired by the movie “Home Alone” – Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” – Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” –
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet Holiday Treats:
Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” – The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually” – Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World” – Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins” – Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” – Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies – Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” –The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge Inspired by the movie “Elf” – Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” – Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake Inspired by the movie “South Pacific” –The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge Inspired by the movie “Elf” – The Messy Baker
Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa– Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”– Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf” – An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” – Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” – Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “ –NeighborFood
This is Christmas; Wine Pairings for Holiday Themed#SundaySupper Recipes – ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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