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Southern Pralines

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Southern Pralines
Southern pralines, made with pecans and brown sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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°).

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 5 out of 5
southern pralines, Member zuzu1021

Excellent, easy recipe. I made a couple of changes: I increased the vanilla to 1 1/2 tsps. and I toasted the pecans for about 12 minutes before adding to the mixture. I was going for petite pralines for a party. I ended up with 70 lovely small pralines. I'm delighted

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