Southern Pecan Pralines
Southern Pecan Pralines, a New Orleans signature candy, are sweet and crunchy and are great for sharing.
Servings: 1 batch
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp orange extract optional
- 2 cups chopped pecans
In a heavy bottom saucepan, add the sugars, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda, and salt. Cook slowly over medium heat until the mixture reaches 235F on a candy thermometer.
Stir the mixture constantly with a wooden spoon while it cooks. The mixture will begin to increase in volume as the temperature rises. Keep stirring making sure to stir the edges so the sauce doesn’t burn.
Remove from heat once it reaches 235F and add the butter, vanilla, orange extract, and pecans. Stir continuously for ten minutes until the mixture becomes thick.
As the sauce cools, it will turn into a thick, silky caramel. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
Allow to cool completely (about 30 mins).
Serving: 1/12 batch | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g