Posted by moderndaygourmet on September 3, 2007
I have been making these forever – found them in a kids’ cookbook called Christmas Gifts Good Enough to Eat. There are lots of good recipes in there and it has tips on packaging gifts for mailing and such, which is great. These are really good and pretty easy too. The only thing is the temperature of the sugar and getting it just right. Sugar is a beast to work with.
2 cups light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter
2 cups pecans
In large saucepan, measure sugar, water and butter. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Stir in nuts. Boil syrup slowly about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 234 (to the soft ball stage). Remove pan from stove and immediately form pralines by dropping one tablespoonful of syrup at a time onto waxed paper. If mixture gets hard and crystallizes before you are finished, add a few drops of hot water and stir well.