WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Visions of sugar plums may dance in your head every Christmas, but it's a treat that many have never tasted.
So, what exactly are sugar plums?
Chef Gwen Gulliksen with Cape Fear Community College stopped by our studios for WECT News First at Four to show us a healthy version of the sweet treat.
Chef Gwen tells us she was studying Italian Renaissance Art History in graduate school when she was taken with an Italian holiday recipe called Pan Forte. These sugar plums are like individual portions of this ancient Siennese holiday dessert and turned into more of a "candy".
You can make these sugar plums at home with the recipe below:
(Makes 14 – 1 inch sugar plums)
DRIED PLUMS ½ cup, chopped fine
RAISINS ½ cup, chopped fine
APRICOTS ¼ cup, chopped fine
GOLD RAISINS ¼ cup, chopped fine
DRIED CRANBERRIES ¼ cup, chopped fine
DARK CHOCOLATE ¼ cup, chopped fine
SPARKLE SUGAR ¼ cup
1. Mix all the chopped dried fruit and chopped dark chocolate together in a mixing bowl until well incorporated.
2. To make the sugar plums, roll out 14- 1 inch balls, use a pastry scoop if you have one.
3. Then roll the sugar plums in multi-colored sparkle sugar and place into individual candy cups.
4. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until serving
5. May be made 1-2 days ahead.