Classic Pecan Pralines Recipe
Sugary, buttery pecans. Need we say more?
As one of America's largest sugarcane growers, Louisiana sugar is found everywhere in the state, whether dusted upon beignets, as a simple syrup in a cocktail or as the base of creamy, nutty pralines.
Fresh Louisiana pecan pralines are a classic sweet treat that must be enjoyed during your trip to Louisiana. Find them at stores like Aunt Sally’s Pralines and Southern Candymakers. You can also find them in standard grocery stores: Baton Rouge’s MiMi’s Pralines are found all over south Louisiana, for example. To avoid any cravings, though, you can make these tasty bites at home and bring a little Louisiana sugar to your table.
Ingredients for Pecan Pralines:
- 3 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method of Preparation:
- Roughly chop pecans.
- Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring mixture constantly for 6-8 minutes, or until a candy thermometer registers 236 degrees.
- Remove mixture from heat and add butter. Using a wooden spoon, combine pecans and vanilla, and stir constantly until candy begins to thicken.
- Working quickly, drop by heaping spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand until firm.