Feel like some pralines?
This recipe is very simple. You can make the pralines without a thermometer, but using one makes it a no brainer.
I love chewy pralines, which is what I made here, but I also love the classic opaque crunchier ones. to make those, just stir for a little longer at the end if you want yours to set up firmer.
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper or non-stick foil.
2. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, and corn syrup, and cream. Over medium heat, stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook to a soft ball stage, approximately 236℉ on a candy thermometer (this takes about 6 minutes).
3. Remove mixture from heat, and place butter in center of mixture. Do not stir. Let stand until mixture is 150℉, about 10 minutes.
4. Add the vanilla and nuts, and beat with a spoon by hand. If you stop here you will get soft, gooey candy like I made. To make more traditional pralines continue to stir for approximately 2 minutes or until candy is slightly thick and begins to lose its gloss. Quickly drop heaping tablespoons onto waxed paper. If the candy becomes stiff, add a few drops of hot water.
Recipe from Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine
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This is a quiet record with beautiful tracks mostly set to piano. When I listen to Balladeer, I feel like Mr. Bonner is right here in the room with me, spilling his heart out. Quite emotional, many of the songs.
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FEB 5th— THE TROUBADOUR, LONDON
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