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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