[Sca-cooks] Sugarplums or Hais?

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Sun Dec 6 12:48:30 PST 2009

The recipes are up on the fan blog. See Dec 2, 2009


Good Eats: Twas' The Night Before Good Eats
Episode EASP05H will be broadcast again

Dec 14, 2009   8:00 PM ET/PT

Dec 15, 2009  3:00 AM ET/PT

A dark holiday night finds Alton Brown visited by a series of culinary  
spirits which drive him to prepare long lost yuletide classics.

I don't suppose there was a source mentioned for the recipe - that  
would help in tracing it back.


On Dec 6, 2009, at 3:05 PM, Kingstaste wrote:

> I just caught the last few minutes of Alton Brown's new Christmas  
> show,
> featuring roasted duck, stuffing, and sugarplums.  (One of my  
> students is
> Tiny Tim).  Watching the recipe he makes for SugarPlums, I am struck  
> at just
> how similar they are to Hais.  He uses almonds, prunes, apricots and  
> dates
> in a food processor, then mixes that with honey, fine sugar, spices  
> and
> rolls the whole thing up into balls, then rolls in more sugar.  When  
> I make
> Hais, I use almonds and pistachios, dates and sugar, sometimes with  
> other
> spices and sometimes not.  They are a bit hit at Pennsic.  Are we  
> looking at
> this form of sugar plums being a direct descendant of the Middle  
> Eastern
> hais balls?
> Christianna

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