Delicious Pralines Recipe

This delicious pecan pralines recipe is similar to that of homemade fudge, with a melt in your mouth caramel-like flavor.  The texture is creamy and smooth, while being filled with crunchy pecans.

Set the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax) and set aside. Also have a tablespoon or a small ice cream scooper handy for scooping out and dropping the pralines onto the sheet pan.

On a separate baking sheet arrange the pecans and toast in the preheated 350 degrees oven for 10 minutes; set aside.

Heat a medium heavy-bottom saucepan (4 quart) over medium low heat, add both sugars, baking soda and evaporated milk.

Once the sugar has dissolved, insert the candy thermometer. Cook, stirring occasionally until the thermometer reaches 240° F (soft ball stage), about 12-15 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and add the cubed butter. Let the butter sit, without stirring, for 1 minute. Next, add the vanilla extract, reserved pecans, salt and stir to combine.

Continue stirring and aerating the syrup until the pralines start to hold their shape. The candy should lose some of its fluidity and start to come together in the pot; about 4-5 minutes.

Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scooper, start dropping the pralines onto the prepared baking sheet. You will need to work as fast (and safely) as you can, as the pralines will start to set in the saucepan.

Allow the pralines to completely harden at room temperature; 30-45 minutes.