Southern Pecan Pralines - creamy, caramelized sugar loaded with toasted pecans.
Here we are in the last minute countdown to Christmas, y'all! Are you ready? I'm getting there. Still have a few more things to shop for and a few more recipes to make, but I'm doing pretty good.
Best of all - the grandkids are coming tomorrow!! We'll pick them up after school and they'll be here until January 2. Yay! That also gives their mom and dad a much needed little break with some quiet time to themselves.
Continuing with my Christmas candy making - the next recipe up is Pecan Pralines. I think pralines are generally associated with the South and, according to online sources, they evolved from recipes brought to Louisiana by French settlers.
The original French confection known as "praline" was individual almonds coated in caramelized sugar. New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for the almonds, added cream to thicken the candy and that became what is known throughout the South as pralines. Our pralines have a creamy consistency, similar to fudge.
And, of course, there's always the debate over whether the word is pronounced "pray-leen" or "prah-leen". It's pray-leens around here :-). Emphasis on the first syllable, please. With a little accent thrown in, too.
How to Make Southern Pecan Pralines
Combine the sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda and salt in a heavy bottomed, large saucepan. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Continue cooking over low heat and stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 234 degrees on a candy thermometer (about 10 minutes).
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Stir in the nuts, butter and vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture just begins to lose its shine. This will take anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes.
Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand until completely cool and set.
More Homemade Candy Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Quick and Easy Fudge
- Classic Peanut Brittle
- Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle
- Homemade Marshmallows
- Haystacks - An Easy Homemade Candy
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Paté
Praline Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Homesick Texan's Mexican Chocolate Pralines
- Homemade Pralines from Picky Palate
- Buttermilk Bacon Pralines from Ezra Pound Cake
- Southern Pralines from Add A Pinch
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- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ½ cup whole not reduced fat buttermilk
- 1 ½ tblsp. light corn syrup
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅔ cup pecans chopped and toasted
- 1 ½ tsp. butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Combine the sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda and salt in a heavy bottomed, large saucepan.
- Cook over low heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring constantly.
- Continue cooking over low heat and stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 234 degrees on a candy thermometer (about 10 minutes).
- Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the nuts, butter and vanilla.
- Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture just begins to lose its shine (anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes).
- Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
- Let stand until completely cool and set.
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Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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