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Spun Caramel Fruit Gems

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These spun caramel fruit gems are actually baked caramel fruit desserts that are made with apricots and dates. Spiced with cinnamon and drizzled with syrup, the spun fruit gems are a special treat for kids.
Ingredients
  Boiling water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dried apricots 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finley snipped
  All purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Butter 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Milk 2 Tablespoon
  Pitted dates 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finley snipped
  Hot water 1⁄4 Teaspoon
Directions

Pour boiling water over apricots; set them aside.
In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In a small mixer bowl beat butter or margarine on medium speed of electric mixer for 30 seconds.
Add the 1/2 cup sugar; beat till fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition.
Drain apricots.
Stir in apricots and dates.
Fill greased 2-inch tassie pans or muffin cups or 21/2 inch muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake in a 375° oven till done; allow 15 minutes for the smaller muffins and 20 minutes for the larger ones.
Place waxed paper under a wire rack.
Transfer the muffins to the wire rack.
For syrup, in a small heavy saucepan heat the remaining 1/2 cup sugar over medium-low heat.
Do not stir till sugar starts to melt.
Cook and stir about 10 minutes or till sugar turns a caramel color.
Remove from heat.
Carefully stir in the 1/4 teaspoon water.
Immediately drizzle the syrup over the muffins with a spoon, using a back-and-forth motion.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked

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