Pecan pralines – a favorite candy treatof many southerners!
Recipe: Pecan Pralines
2 cups granulated sugar
Line a baking sheet with lightly butteredwaxed paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
In a large, heavy saucepan combine sugar,syrup, water, and pecans and cook over medium low heat. Stiruntil the sugar dissolves, cover with a lid briefly to get anysugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Bring to a boil, stirringconstantly, and cook to the soft ball stage (240°F / 115°C)or until a small amount dropped into cold water forms a softball that flattens when removed from the water.
Add the butter; let cool to room temperature,without stirring.
Beat with a heavy wooden spoon until itstarts to thicken; add the vanilla and continue to beat untilcandy gradually changes to an opaque color and becomes creamy.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared bakingsheet. Let sit at room temperature to harden. Store in tightlycovered container at room temperature.
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups pecan halves
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Makes about 2 dozen candies.
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