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Classic Southern pralines

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Pralines are a beloved Southern treat, and there are many variations across the region. Here’s a simple recipe for classic Southern pralines:

Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups pecan halves 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions: Prepare Baking Sheets: Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them. Combine Sugars and Milk: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugars dissolve. Add Butter: Add the butter to the mixture and continue stirring.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Cook to Soft-Ball Stage: Continue cooking the mixture, stirring frequently, until it reaches the soft-ball stage (about 235-240°F or 113-116°C on a candy thermometer). This usually takes around 10-15 minutes. Add Pecans and Vanilla: Once the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the pecans and vanilla extract until well combined.

Drop onto Baking Sheets: Quickly drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Work efficiently, as the pralines will start to set. Let Cool: Allow the pralines to cool and harden completely before removing them from the baking sheets. Store: Once cooled, store the pralines in an airtight container.

They can be stored at room temperature. Enjoy these Southern pralines as a delightful sweet treat! Feel free to experiment with the recipe by adding a touch of sea salt or other flavorings to make them your own.

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