Texas Pralines

A tasty little melt-in-your-mouth, sugary treat! If you have a candy thermometer, they’re super easy to make.

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The first time I tried these was on a trip to Charleston, SC. Before then, I didn’t even like pecans. Funny how a little sugar can change your mind.

When I attend trade shows for work, there are a few convention and visitors bureaus that always seem to hand-out pralines to lure you in (New Orleans, Charleston and Savannah). It always works! Then, I try to just take a nibble, save the rest for later or throw it away. That doesn’t work. I eat the whole thing.

I’ve never made pralines before so I was excited to see Shawnda pick these for this week’s Project Pastry Queen. After making them, I ate one (maybe two) and put the rest in a container for Andy to take to work so I didn’t polish them off.

INGREDIENTS

1 C whole (I used chopped) pecans
½ C buttermilk
½  tsp baking soda
11/2 C sugar
1 Tbsp corn syrup
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and roast for 7-9 min.
  3. Combine the buttermilk, baking soda, sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy bottom pot.
  4. Cook over medium heat until you reach soft ball stage (234 – 240 degrees on a candy thermometer).
  5. Remove from heat and add the pecans and vanilla.
  6. Beat with a wooden spoon for up to 10 min (it only took me about 3-4 min), until the mixture is losing its gloss, starts getting creamy, and thickens. Don’t over beat.
  7. Drop heaping tablespoons onto a silpat or sheet of wax paper.
  8. Let the candies cool completely.

NOTES

Makes 12 pralines.

Slightly adapted from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather.

2 thoughts on “Texas Pralines

  1. I brought a lot of these to work so I wouldn’t eat them. My coworkers like that I share. They are very good. Your prelines turned out exactly like mine. I think next time I may have to try almonds.

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