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Old-Fashioned Pecan Pralines recipe

From an old recipe book of the GodchauxSugar Refinery, an old company in New Orleans, Louisiana, printedapproximately 1879.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned PecanPralines

3 cups granulated sugar1 cup packed brown sugar1 1/2 cups water3 cups chopped or halved pecans1 tablespoon butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a large, heavy pot combine sugar, brownsugar and water; bring to a boil. Whensugar is dissolved, add pecans. Reduce heat and gentlysimmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally.Cook for “about 15 to 20 minutes,until the mixture grains when metal spoon is rubbed againstside of pot” (direct quote from originalcopy). Remove from heat.
  • Add butter andvanilla. Beat mixture with wooden spoon until it appears togranulate and adhere to the spoon. Drop byspoonfuls onto waxed paper or foil.Cool completely.

    Note: This is what pralines really tastedlike in the 1800’s. Most of today’s pralineshave milk in the recipe and are not authentic in taste. If candydoes not set, return to pot and cook longer.If is hardens before you can drop it,add a little more water and bring to a simmer.

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    These old-time pecan pralines are from an old recipe book of the Godchaux Sugar Refinery, an old company in New Orleans, Louisiana, printed approximately 1879.


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