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Apricot Jewels

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  45 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  about 2 1/2 dozen pieces
Bite into an Apricot Jewel and discover a rum-soaked cherry in the middle.
60   dried tart cherries (about 1 1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoons  dark rum or apricot brandy
1 pound  dried apricots
1 tablespoon  freshly grated lemon zest
2-3 tablespoons  honey
1/2 cup  coarse sugar such as crystal or sanding sugar
Combine dried cherries and rum (or brandy) in a small saucepan. Gently warm over very low heat, swirling the liquid in the pan. Remove from the heat, cover and let the cherries plump for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile pulse apricots in a food processor until finely chopped. (Alternatively, put apricots through the medium blade of a meat grinder). Transfer the apricots to a large mixing bowl and stir in lemon zest and enough honey to make a mixture that holds together. (The mixture should not be too wet).

Shape the apricot paste into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Insert 2 plumped cherries in the center of each ball and reroll into a ball. Spread sugar in a shallow dish and coat each ball completely in sugar. Set the balls on a wire rack and leave to dry overnight. Place the balls in paper candy cups.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   about 2 1/2 dozen pieces
Calories: 66
Sodium: 11mg
% Cal. from Fat: 0%
Carbohydrates, Total: 17g
Fiber: 1g
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Rating: 5
by: Robert Reviewed: 12/31/2010
Apricot Jewels-not just a name
WOW! I made these, (and if I can , anyone can) and they have taken the place of rumballs as my favorite holiday treat. Words cannot describe the absolute pleasure of this treasure.
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