Homemade Pralines

Every time I go to Myrtle Beach, I go to River Street Sweets and buy some pralines. I love them. I think they are one of the most delicious candies you can put your hands on. But, man, are they expensive. So I searched the interwebs and found a recipe. So I decided to give it a try. One of the best decisions of my life!

Here is the slightly modified recipe that I used:

1 1/2 cups White Sugar

3/4 cup Brown sugar

6 tablespoons Butter

1/2 cup Milk

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 1/2 cups Pecan halves

 

1. First I toasted my pecans at 300 F for 10 minutes. This really brings out the flavor of the nuts. (An essential step in my opinion. If it doesn’t matter to you, then skip this step.)

2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. This is where you’ll pour your pralines when all is said and done.

3. Make an ice bath big enough to set your saucepan in. I used a big aluminum bowl that I normally use for shelling peas.

4. In large saucepan over medium heat, combine pecans, sugar, butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla. Heat to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C). A candy thermometer is needed for this. (Don’t skimp out and try to do it without a thermometer!)

5. Once you get to the desired temperature, remove the saucepan and put it in the ice bath. STIR CONSTANTLY. You’re only going to want to put it in the ice bath for about 30 seconds; it sets up quickly if you leave it in there too long.

6. Now that you have removed the saucepan from the ice bath. Keep stirring but don’t spoon them out yet. Wait about a minute before you start spooning them out.

7. Use two spoons to spoon out your pralines. It doesn’t make too much sense if I try to explain how to use two spoons, but you’ll see what I mean if you try to use only one. If you have never had pralines before, you are most likely going to want to make them small because they are super sweet. Making them small means that you don’t end up breaking them into tiny pieces just so that you can handle the amount of sweetness.

8. Let your spooned out treats cool on the foil-wrapped pans. ENJOY!

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