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Pecan Pralines

Pecan Pralines
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2 cups pecan halves

1 1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup light cream

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon brandy or vanilla


This is an optional step, which gives the nuts a richer, nuttier flavor. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place pecan halves on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast for 10 minutes, turning once. Let cool. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat 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. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Cook, whisking occasionally, until mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer . Slight foaming and occasional bubbling in the mixture are normal at this stage.

As soon as the temperature reaches 235 degrees F, add the butter and stir until the butter is fully melted and the mixture is well combined . Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the brandy and pecans until well coated. Continue stirring to cool slightly . Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Let cool completely until the pralines lift easily from the pan . Store in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days.