- sugar, butter, fattening... Really fattening. So, I am going to dedicate this post to one of my favorite bloggers, Penny from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen. Penny just signed up for Weight Watchers and announced that to the world yesterday. Everything in moderation is what you will learn, and I wish you luck... sorry about this post.
- Next, you need to stir constantly for about 10-15 minutes. Your arm will get a workout. Learn to be ambidextrous. . Hook up your iPod and pick your playlist accordingly. I played Elvis. "Teddy Bear" and "Viva Las Vegas" worked perfect to get me in the rhythm. Unfortunately, at the key 10 minute mark, the slower "Love Me Tender" started. Much harder to keep rhythm.
Mise en Place (assemble your ingredients)
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar packed
1/2 cup Milk
6 Tablespoons Butter
1 1/2 cups Pecans
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Combine all ingredients in saucier pan over medium heat and bring to a softball stage (240 degrees) while stirring constantly.
Stir until mixture thickens, becomes creamy and cloudy and pecans become suspended.
If you have never made pralines before, take a close look at the shot on the left (early stages of cooking), and the shot on the right (when the mixture is done cooking). It is a little lighter in color, but you can see on the spoon that the mixture has thickened.
If you double click the images, the magic of the Internet will make the photos much larger for easy comparison.
Spoon out on buttered wax paper or parchment paper. Be sure to buffer with a newspaper, as hot wax will transfer to whatever is beneath. Work VERY fast, as the candy will harden quickly.
Personally, I prefer the classic Praline in the recipe above. But some folks like chocolate pralines.
Once I had 4/5ths of the batch spooned out, I just added a few chocolate chips to the mix. You can see that this addition cooled the mixture a great deal. So, instead of the thick smooth look of the earlier pralines, they came out thicker and more cookie like look.
Here they are side by side... The look was a little off, but they tasted just FINE!
GOOD EATS, and perfect for the party. You can make ahead, but they are by far best if served fresh. Maybe if you have little interest in the actual game, you could start them at the beginning of the second quarter so you can serve them fresh and a little warm at the 2 minute warning.