New Orlean’s Style Pralines…one of my favorites! I was born and raised in Louisiana and this has always been one of my favorite candies! Now, I must tell you: they are VERY sweet and rich! I hope you love them as much as I do! Enjoy 🙂
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons real butter
1 ½ cup pecans, rough chopped
Lay out wax paper and a tablespoon on your countertop before getting started on the pralines.
Next, combine all the ingredients in a 4 quart saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring often until butter is melted and sugars are dissolved. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to medium high –letting the mixture continue to boil for exactly 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. It will bubble up pretty high, so never leave it even just for a second. After 3 minutes of boiling and stirring, remove the pot from the heat and stir constantly for 2 minutes. It will start to thicken. Now (using a tablespoon that you would eat soup with) drop onto the wax paper, working quickly. Let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container. This recipe makes 12-14 pralines. These are delicious by themselves or broken over vanilla ice cream J Caution: Be very careful when making these as the candy mixture becomes scalding hot and be mindful of the weather. Really humid days can make these difficult to set.