Chubby's White Pralines

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READY IN: 54mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Arrange pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast until golden brown and aromatic, 7-9 minutes; set aside.
  • In a saucepan set over med-high heat, bring the sugar and milk to a boil; decrease the heat to medium and cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage (234° to 240° on a candy thermometer).
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter, salt, pecans, and vanilla.
  • Beat the mixture for about 5 minutes with a wooden spoon, or until the mixture begins to stiffen.
  • Quickly drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper (if you aren't fast enough, the mixture will become too hard to scoop).
  • Wrap individually in waxed paper, or store in an airtight container.
  • *Variation-to make even whiter, omit the vanilla extract and drop in a halved vanilla bean with the sugar and milk; remove the bean as soon as the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Use the pointed tip of a knife to dig out the vanilla seeds and add them back to the praline mixture.
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