Pralines

Love the sweetness of brown sugar and the crunchy taste of pecans? Savor a N'Awlins-born specialty.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 18

Ingredients

2
cups packed light brown sugar
1
cup granulated sugar
1 1/4
cups milk
1/4
cup light corn syrup
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2
cups pecan halves (5 1/2 oz)

  • 1 In heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, corn syrup and salt to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered about 15 minutes, without stirring, to 236°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Cool about 1 hour, without stirring, until saucepan is cool to the touch.
  • 2 Add vanilla and pecan halves. Beat with spoon about 1 minute or until mixture is slightly thickened and just coats pecans but does not lose its gloss. On waxed paper, drop mixture by spoonfuls, dividing pecans equally. Let stand uncovered 1 to 2 hours or until candies are firm and no longer glossy.
  • 3 Wrap candies individually in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Store in airtight container.

Expert Tips

Pronounced "PRAH-leen" or "PRAY-leen," this confection originated in Louisiana, where brown sugar and pecans are in ample supply.

Dark brown sugar can be used instead of the light brown sugar--you will have darker, richer pralines.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Candy
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
40mg
40%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
38g
38%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.