Pecan Pralines Southern-style
Southern decadence at it finest! These are enough to make a New Orleans native like me homesick. Cook time includes cooling time. Recipe from Foodtv.com (but its almost as good as MawMaw's recipe).
- 1 cup pecans
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon bourbon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 3 minutes.
- Stir and bake for 3 more minutes (watch them closely so the don't get over toasted).
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Fit a heavy-bottomed saucepan with a candy thermometer.
- Over high heat, cook the cream, butter and brown sugar to 240°F (soft ball).
- If necessary, stir once to help dissolve the sugar.
- Remove from the heat and let sit for 15 seconds.
- Carefully stir in the vanilla, bourbon, and toasted pecans. It might spit and sputter.
- Stir until the mixture looks creamy and slightly thickened.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Cool for 20 minutes.