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I just made a batch of Pralines for the first time, using a recipe from a dear friend who has passed away. So I couldn't ask her the questions I had! This recipe used white sugar, took over an hour t
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Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/13/2011 6:22 PM EST
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I just made a batch of Pralines for the first time, using a recipe from a dear friend who has passed away. So I couldn't ask her the questions I had! This recipe used white sugar, took over an hour to cook, and the results aren't very good. Does anyone have a favorite Praline recipe they would share with me? Please!!!!!!

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/13/2011 7:43 PM EST
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First: 7/31/2011
Last: 8/22/2013
Verlee, maybe you can tell us the questions and we can answer them!
Here is a recipe :

Pralines

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cup white sugar,3/4 cup brown sugar, packed,2 cups pecan halves,3/4 cup light cream,2 Tbsp unsalted butter,Pinch of salt (optional, omit if using salted butter),1/2 teaspoon baking soda,1 teaspoon vanilla or brandy (optional)  METHOD:This is an optional step. Preheat oven to 300 F. Place pecan halves on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast for 10 minutes, turning once. Let cool.(more flavor when toasted!)Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Mix together white and brown sugar and baking soda in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir in light cream and place over medium to medium-high heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until mixture reaches 235°F on a candy thermometer (about 25 minutes). Slight foaming and occasional bubbling in the mixture are normal at this stage.As soon as the temperature reaches 235* F, add the butter and stir until the butter is fully melted and the mixture is well combined (about 1 minute). Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the brandy and pecans until well coated. Continue stirring to cool slightly (about 1-2 minutes). Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days.

Yield: Makes about 2 dozen.

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/13/2011 9:55 PM EST
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Verlee -  aaauugggg - a recipe calling for lots of pecans and it doesn't turn out!!  That's awful.
I make so many candies and they all turn out great (in my opinion) but I've never made a praline.
I checked and many of my cookbooks have a recipe... 
What was the matter with yours?
 

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/13/2011 10:59 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?:
Verlee, maybe you can tell us the questions and we can answer them! Here is a recipe : Pralines INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 cup white sugar,3/4 cup brown sugar, packed,2 cups pecan halves,3/4 cup light cream,2 Tbsp unsalted butter,Pinch of salt (optional, omit if using salted butter),1/2 teaspoon baking soda,1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)   METHOD:This is an optional step. Preheat oven to 300 F. Place pecan halves on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast for 10 minutes, turning once. Let cool.(more flavor when toasted!)Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Mix together white and brown sugar and baking soda in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir in light cream and place over medium to medium-high heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until mixture reaches 235°F on a candy thermometer (about 25 minutes). Slight foaming and occasional bubbling in the mixture are normal at this stage.As soon as the temperature reaches 235* F, add the butter and stir until the butter is fully melted and the mixture is well combined (about 1 minute). Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the brandy and pecans until well coated. Continue stirring to cool slightly (about 1-2 minutes). Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days. Yield: Makes about 2 dozen.
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Brandy?  You do not list it in the ingredients.  I haven't looked up the recipe I have used but do not use brandy in anything.
I would wonder if your thermometer is accurate.  Check with boiling water - 212 degrees at sea level. 
Were your pralines too soft (runny) or too hard?   Tell us , someone will surely have the answer.
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Posted by Retaj O

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/14/2011 12:36 AM EST
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Here's the recipe I used:
2/3 c. sugar
1 1/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. pecans
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Put 2/3 c. sugar in heavy skillet over low heat (burns easily). Melt. Stir to keep in smooth syrup (helps to use 2 spoons since sugar sticks).

AT THE SAME TIME, put 1-1/3 c. sugar, milk, butter and vanilla in quart saucepan and boil vigorously. Cook to soft ball that may be picked up when tested in cup of cold water.

These two mixtures seem to finish at the same time. When first mixture is melted and smooth, add second mixture gradually to first. Stir until smooth then remove from heat and beat. When it slaps, it is getting close.

Add pecans and vanilla to above mixture.

Either pour and spread on buttered plate and cut as fudge, or scoop by spoonfuls on wax paper the way they do it down South.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. The sugar in the skillet kind of lumped together and got hard, but I kept the heat on low. After an hour it actually melted and then started to "string." In the meantime, it also took at least an hour for the ingredients in the saucepan to reach soft ball stage, 240 degrees. I removed the mixture from the heat and stirred, and stirred, and stirred. And all of a sudden the mixture got stiff, so I quickly added the pecans and vanilla, and using a spoon put the pralines on the pans. The end result is a caramel colored glop with pecans in it, and it tastes bland.

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/14/2011 1:24 AM EST
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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/creamy-pecan-pralines-recipe/index.html


Hi Verlee,I went to the food network and found Emeril's recipe for pecan pralines.It is listed as difficult,I read the recipe and reveiws.I think it looks easy and so did the folks that have made it.They said it was easy to make.It was rated the highest, 5 stars.The link is above just click on it and it will take you right to the recipe.I think I just might have to make this myself it sure looks good ! I hope this helps.

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/14/2011 7:06 AM EST
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Well --------- I'm going to have to try pralines.

My recipe for Sugar & Spice Candy sounds similar to pralines

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/14/2011 5:33 PM EST
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There is also a recipe for paula Deen's pralines:

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 11/14/2011 10:57 PM EST
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Gale and Retaj, thanks for coming to the rescue with these much easier sounding recipes! They make about half the amount my recipe made, so if they flop I won't be losing too much! lol

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 12/11/2011 6:39 PM EST
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Last: 6/2/2013
Sorry to hear of your problem.  I've never made it.  Will have to try the other recipes.

Please let us know how these work out.

Re: Recipe for Pralines anyone?

posted at 12/13/2011 8:32 PM EST
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I just finished my first batch of pralines .... I used this recipe but I have no idea where I got it.   I think someone on here gave it to me.

 Pecan Pralines
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup pecan halves
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the light brown sugar, granulated sugar,  heavy cream, butter, and water. Place over a medium-high heat and stir constantly until the pralines reach the softball stage, 238 to 240 degrees F. Add the pecans to the candy, and pull the pan off of the stove. Continue to stir the candy vigorously with a wooden spoon until the candy cools, and the pecans remain suspended in the candy, about 2 minutes. Spoon the pralines out onto a parchment or aluminum foil lined sheet pan and cool completely before serving.

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