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    New Orleans-style Pralines

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    PanNan's Note:

    This is Brennan's recipe. They keep them by the front door for patrons to enjoy. So creamy, nutty and delicious! Note - these melt in your mouth, they are not the chewy kind.

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    Serves: 30



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    1. 1
      Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper (important to have these ready because you'll have to work fast when they're done).
    2. 2
      In a large saucepan, simmer cream, sugar, corn syrup and orange zest slowly over low heat, until reduced (watch carefully for boil over).
    3. 3
      Stir continuously as soon as the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the pan(the mixture will become thicker and turn light brown as is reduces and the sugar carmelizes).
    4. 4
      Stir in pecans when the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage (240 degrees), and continue to stir until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
    5. 5
      Test by dropping a quarter size amount onto the lined baking sheet, and if it holds a nice rounded top (instead of running out flat), and if it is dull looking (rather than oily/shiny)it is ready (approximately 248 degrees).
    6. 6
      Use two dessert spoons to spoon out the pralines onto the baking sheets (one to dip, and one to scrape off) - they're hot, be careful!
    7. 7
      Depending on the humidity, temperature, and luck - they may be ready in about 30 minutes, but don't worry - it could take up to a day or two.
    8. 8
      Store in an airtight container up to a week.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 23, 2013


      OMG!! These are delicious little treats!! Even DH, who isn't much of a fan for pecans, was caught eating these a couple of times now, lol!! The directions are right on for making these candies. Once it is done, you really need to work quickly, at least quicker then me, lol, as it was hardening before I could get them out of the pan!! I put a few on parchment paper(for eating right away) and then the rest into candy wrappers. Thanks so much for sharing a great recipe. Made for ZWT 9.

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    • on February 16, 2009


      The ultimate. Period. The way pralines are SUPPOSED to be. Takes time stirring but well worth it. Thanks, Nan, for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for New Orleans-style Pralines

    Serving Size: 1 (53 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 207.7
    Calories from Fat 141
    Total Fat 15.6 g
    Saturated Fat 7.6 g
    Cholesterol 43.4 mg
    Sodium 12.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 15.5 g
    Protein 1.1 g

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