Don't know if I got more enjoyment from making these or from eating them, but they are certainly wonderful in both respects! I included Medjool dates here as well as figs, apricots, pears & peaches, then OJ instead of brandy! Left out the glace cherries 'cause I didn't have any left from the holidays, but these great tasties will be on my list to make again near the end of the year, at which time I'll have all the needed ingredients, for sure! Thanks for a great keeper! [Made & reviewed for one of my groupmates in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #38]
I decided to make these sugar plums since I had a surplus of dried fruits for holiday baking. Didn't have the ginger or cherries on hand but still had great results. I used a combination of dried apricots, dates, and a cranberry, cherry, and blueberry mix. Used Brandy and the zest of 3/4 of an orange. Since I didn't have the recommended decor I opted for slivers of blanched almonds as little stems. The taste is fresh and rich, not too sweet, and great to accompany many holiday snacks and dishes. These would taste especially nice with a tangy, semi soft cheese. They just seem like a treat French families would nibble on at a Christmas party by a warm fire. I plan on trying this with different fruit combinations, like pear, apricots, golden raisins, lime, and sparkling wine. And, hopefully the candied ginger will make it in . Also plan on putting these on meat and cheese platters for holiday parties.
Made these and 1 more of your candy recipes posted, these were very good, easy to make and with a lovely flavor. we also liked the spiced sugar and the holiday trimmings of nuts and cherries. making more to give as gifts and using brandy next time as these were made for the kids with juice. we love your recipes btw.