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Video:How to Make Pralines

with Elizabeth LaBau

Enjoy a taste of the South with this recipe for sweet, crunchy pralines.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Pralines

Ingredients for Pralines

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 4 tbsp butter, cubed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
Prepare to make pralines by lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook the Candy

In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cream over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then insert a candy thermometer.

Cook the candy, stirring occasionally, until the candy reaches 240 degrees on the thermometer.

Add the Rest of the Ingredients for Pralines

Once the proper temperature is reached, remove the pan from the heat and drop the chunks of butter on top, but do not stir. Allow the pan to sit for one minute.

After a minute, add the vanilla extract and the pecans, and begin to stir smoothly and constantly with a wooden spoon. Soon the candy will begin to get thicker and lighter in color.

Stir Pralines to Desired Thickness

Continue to stir until the candy starts to hold its shape. It should still be easy to stir, however. It is important not to stir too much, as pralines quickly go from fluid to rock-solid. Once it is a lighter, opaque brown and holds its shape, quickly begin to drop small spoonfuls of the candy onto the prepared baking sheet.

Here's a tip: If the candy stiffens before you’re done scooping, add a spoonful of very hot water and stir until it loosens, then continue scooping until you have formed all the pralines.

After they set for about 20 minutes, you can enjoy a taste of the South with these sweet, crunchy pralines.
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