Anyone have a good praline recipe?
Was down south for 2 weeks and we tried some pecan pralines and they were sweet but delicious. Does anyone have a tried and true recipe? I have some some recipes online with and water, evaporated milk, and buttermilk? It seems to me cream would be better but not sure? Thanks, Richie
HI! These are from www.southernfood.about.com. Hope you like!
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
Butter sides of a heavy saucepan (2-quart size). Add sugars, half-and-half, and salt to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Raise heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Reduce heat and continue cooking to soft ball stage*, about 234° on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
Add butter and vanilla, but do not stir. Cool for 5 minutes; stir in nuts. Beat with wooden spoon until candy is no longer glossy and is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Quickly spoon candy onto buttered baking sheets or waxed paper. If mixture becomes to thick to drop from a spoon, add a little hot water, no more than half a teaspoon at a time. Makes about 36 pralines.
*To Test for Soft Ball Stage
A small amount of syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but flattens when picked up with fingers (234° to 240°).