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Maple Pralines

This recipe rekindles memories of my grandfather and his love for making maple syrup. When I was in college, my mother would send me a package of her pralines during sugaring season. They were so popular with my friends, I barely managed to tuck away a few for myself.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1 pound

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • In a heavy 1-qt. saucepan, combine sugar, cream and syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage), stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat. Add butter; do not stir. Cool, without stirring, to 160°. Stir in pecans. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture just begins to thicken but is still glossy. Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cool. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note: This recipe should not be doubled. Make one batch at a time.
Nutrition Facts
1 praline: 144 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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