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                          Sugarplums (Vegetarian)
 Recipe By     : VEGETARIAN HEARTH by Darra Goldstein
 Serving Size  : 24   Preparation Time :
 Categories    : Desserts
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      dozen         medjool dates
                         OR deglet noor dates
    4      teaspoons     unsalted butter -- softened
    6      tablespoons   confectioners' sugar
      1/4  cup           ground blanched almonds -- plus
   24                    blanched almonds; whole
      1/2  teaspoon      orange flower water
    2      teaspoons     granulated sugar
 With a sharp knife slit the dates and remove the pits.
 In a small bowl cream the butter with confectioners' sugar. Stir in ground
 almonds and the orange flower water, mixing well.
 Use a demitasse spoon to place some almond filling in each date. Place a
 whole almond on the filling and gently press the sides of date together.
 Some filling will be visible.
 Roll the dates in the granulated sugar. They will keep for a few days,
 stored airtight between layers of wax paper.
 Makes 2 dozen sugarplums.
 Notes: These sweet morsels are a modern version of medieval comfits
 -fruits, seeds, or nuts preserved in sugar. The orange flower water lends a
 faintly exotic taste, making them quite addictive. Use the best dates you
 can find to keep these confections moist. *Recipes from THE VEGETARIAN
 HEARTH by Darra Goldstein. Harper Collins, 1996). ISBN: 0-06-018760-3
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