Friday, October 22, 2010
12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies...Pralines
2 cups pecans, toasted and cooled (I leave mine whole, but you can chop them if you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Toast pecans at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes; remove from oven and allow to cool.
Place a few sheets of newspaper on your counter and cover with parchment or wax paper; this is where you will spoon out the pralines.
Combine sugar, cream, butter, corn syrup, salt, and pecans in a deep saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Be sure to attach candy thermometer to pot.
Cook to soft-ball stage, 235-240 degrees.
Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Immediately begin spooning candy onto prepared parchment paper - I use a large soup spoon.
Allow candy to set completely before placing onto a plate.
Store in a airtight container.