Vanilla Pecan Pralines Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups pecans, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

Special equipment needed:
- Candy thermometer
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, heavy cream, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped pecans, vanilla extract, and salt.

3. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let the pralines cool and harden for about 30 minutes.

4. Serve and enjoy!


- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
Temperature:
- Medium heat
Serving size:
- Makes about 24 pralines

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 200
- Fat: 12g
- Carbohydrates: 24g
- Protein: 1g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use salted butter instead of unsalted butter.
- You can use different types of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, instead of pecans.

Variations:
- Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm, spicy flavor.
- Use maple extract instead of vanilla extract for a different flavor profile.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled pralines for a decadent touch.

Tips and tricks:
- Use a candy thermometer to ensure the pralines reach the correct temperature.
- Stir the mixture constantly to prevent burning.
- Let the pralines cool completely before serving.

Storage instructions:
- Store the pralines in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Reheating instructions:
- If the pralines become soft, you can reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds to restore their texture.

Presentation ideas:
- Arrange the pralines on a platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar for a festive touch.

Garnishes:
- Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top of the pralines for added crunch.

Pairings:
- Serve the pralines with a cup of coffee or tea for a sweet treat.

Suggested side dishes:
- These pralines make a great dessert on their own, but you could also serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the pralines don't harden, you may not have cooked the mixture long enough. Try cooking it for a few more minutes and testing the temperature again.

Food safety advice:
- Be careful when working with hot sugar, as it can cause serious burns.

Food history:
- Pralines are a traditional candy from the southern United States, particularly Louisiana.

Flavor profiles:
- Sweet, nutty, and buttery

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the pralines as a sweet treat after dinner or as a snack with coffee or tea.

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Region: American

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Creamy, Vanilla, Vanilla-Flavored