Day 10 - Pecan Pralines

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Pecan pralines are one of those amazing desserts that you have to try at least once in your lifetime. Crisp and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth goodness, and full of glorious, rich pecans. (Also note-they are the perfect food for stress eating, and go really well chopped up over ice cream!)

I recently had a serious craving for these little gems and realized that the last time I made them was about 4 years (and 3 moves) ago. I had to remedy that, but I couldn't find my recipe anywhere! 
It's amazing the kinds of things that just disappear when you move. I'm still wondering what happened to a box that had my favorite measuring cups and some beautiful hand blown vintage candlesticks. But that's a story for another day. I couldn't find my recipe, so I contacted my friend Jessica (who is amazing, and wonderful, and lives two time zones away!) and she (and her Louisiana roots) came through big time!

I kid you not, she sent me her grandma's recipe not 10 minutes later, even though it was practically the middle of the night!

Pecan Pralines

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups chopped pecans
Combine all ingredients, except pecans, in a 3 quart saucepan. Cook for 20 minutes. (I cooked mine on medium)

After boiling starts, stir occasionally. Add the pecans and cook the mixture until the liquid forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. ("Soft ball" temperature is 240 F - I found it easier to actually use a candy thermometer and I cooked mine to 244 F.)

Stir well. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper. Place a few sheets of newspaper under the waxed paper to allow pralines to harden. When cool, wrap in foil. (Do allow them to cool before eating. They're better that way)

This recipe comes from "The Eschete Seafood" cookbook from Houma Louisiana 

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