- 3 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 230° (thread stage), stirring occasionally.
- Carefully stir in pecans and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage).
- Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until candy thickens and begins to lose its gloss, about 4-5 minutes.
- Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; spread to form 2-in. patties. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Reviews for Southern Pralines
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"They didn't harden. Also make sure the waxed paper is buttered. I had a nasty mess."
"I will add more pecans next time."
"Correction to my previous review: I need to cut these into squares before they completely harden."
"I make these every Christmas. I follow the recipe exactly and they turn out perfect. I like lisapeters suggestion of spreading them in a pan and cutting them into squares when they harden. That's better than dropping the patties as fast as you can before they harden."