Sugarplums are old fashioned Christmas candies, which are made of dried fruits and nuts mixed with spices and rolled into balls and coated with sugar. These festive spiced nuts pack quite a punch and I have used the spices generally used with making sugarplums.
They are perfect for this festive season and your guests will love the flavour of these nuts. If you want to give an edible gift to a special friend, these nuts are ideal, packed in beautiful containers. They are easy to make and you can store them in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Just heat in the microwave gently before serving. They bring out all the flavours of the holiday season and taste divine. I have used olive oil and it makes for a healthier option too.
PREP: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 15-20 minutes
3 cups mixed nuts (almonds, cashewnuts and walnuts)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup cane juice
3/4 cup apple juice
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp allspice powder
2 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tsp clove powder
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C. Spread the nuts on a baking tray and toast lightly for a few minutes until they are lightly golden. Take care not to burn the nuts.
Heat the oil and add the cane juice. After a minute, add the apple juice and bring to a boil. Add the nuts and cook until the liquid evaporates. Cook for an extra two minutes and add half the spice mix. Toss to coat the nuts well. Remove from heat, add the remaining spice mix and mix well. Pour the nuts into the sugar and toss to coat.