Quick Candy Recipe: Pecan Pralines
Peach trees and pecan trees. Those are the trees of the southern United States. They line the roads and are found in backyards. And magnolias. The magnolia tree, named for French botanist Pierre Magnol, holds delicate white flowers. They are the apple blossoms and cherry blossoms of the South.
The large trees are covered with dark green leaves, which makes their bright flowers even more striking when in bloom. Blooms that bring the summer and the hot sun, but that will also see the promise of all those peaches and nuts if you can survive them.
These French-named trees are prolific in the South, and with their French ancestry and their tie to the pecan trees that grow alongside them, it's time to share a favorite French recipe popular in the southern United States: The praline. These creamy caramelized treats are perfect for gifting or hording to yourself. Plus, they're easy to make as candy goes.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups pecans
In a small saucepan heat brown sugar, sugar and cream over medium heat. When the mixture reaches 235-240 degrees F, stir in the butter until melted. Remove from heat, stir in pecans and drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow to set. Serve.
Makes 20 pralines.