Twas The Night Before Christmas; Byzantine Sugarplum
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  • ½ cup shelled walnuts (see note below)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • ¼ cup pitted prunes
  • powdered sugar to roll in
  1. Note: cover the walnuts in warm salty water and soak for at least 1 hour. The original recipe said to do this overnight, however having done it for only one hour was enough to take the bitterness out.
  2. Toss all ingredients, excluding powdered sugar, into the food processor and pulse several times until you have a paste.
  3. Scoop out into a bowl. Pinch off a tablespoon worth (for daintier bite size) and roll into a ball. Roll into powdered sugar and store in an airtight container.
  4. Note: The sugarplums often soak up the powdered sugar, so it’s suggested that you reroll again before serving.
Recipe by In Literature at