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Pralines are a sweet treat that originated in France in the 16th century. Today, pralines are especially popular in the Southern United States. The traditional praline is made from a mixture of sugar, cream, and pecans. The mixture is boiled until it forms a thick paste, then cooled until it hardens into a semi-firm texture. The resulting confection is a sweet, crunchy, and creamy treat.

Pralines are often enjoyed as a dessert, but they can also be used in other recipes. For example, they can be used to top desserts like ice cream and cakes, or blended into sweet sauces to top pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Pralines can also be used in savory recipes, such as in dressings and sauces.

In addition to the traditional recipe, there are many variations that can be made with different ingredients. Some popular variations include chocolate-covered pralines, pralines with other kinds of nuts, and even pralines with fruit, such as dried cherries or cranberries.

No matter how you choose to enjoy them, pralines are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of year.


1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
pinch of salt
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) of softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans


1. In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, bring the sugars, milk, and salt to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.
2. When rolling boil starts, begin timing and cook for 4 minutes. (Accuracy is important.) While its boiling, lay out wax paper on your counter.
3. Remove from the heat and add the butter, vanilla, and pecans. Beat vigorously until the mixture becomes thick.
4. Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto the wax paper. (Work quickly, otherwise it will harden too much to spoon out.) Let the pralines cool and set.
Makes about 12 pralines

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