( SERVES 24 )
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|½ cup||Ground almonds|
|200 g||Pitted prunes|
|50 g||Dried apricots|
|100 g||Icing sugar|
|1 tsp||Lemon, (finely grated zest)|
|2 tbsp||Dark chocolate, (finely chopped, optional)|
|¼ cup||Brandy, (or fruit based spirit)|
|1||Almonds, oil(for rolling)|
- Preheat oven to 180 degC. Spread the ground almonds on a lined baking tray and toast for 5 minutes, stirring once until golden.
- Put the prunes, apricots, icing sugar, lemon and chocolate into a food processor and pulse until pureed. Add the brandy and pulse again briefly.
- Put the mixture into a bowl and stir in the almonds. Lightly oil your hands then roll the mixture until smooth balls. Refrigerate until well chilled.
- Before serving, pour some caster sugar onto a plate and roll each sweetmeat ball until covered.