Daily Recipe: Pecan Pralines from Maggie’s Farm
The holiday season is a time to spend with family. It’s the time of the year to make an effort to go home, spend quality time with the important people in your life, and share in the warmth of being with the people you love.
Many of the celebrations revolve around around food. This can look like marathon cookie baking sessions or sharing a big dinner where the hours go by and everyone stays for one more glass of eggnog.
Although we have gone a little cookie heavy this month (it is December, after all), we couldn’t resist featuring these pralines. Not only do they look delicious, they come with a wonderful back story that may bring a tear to your eye. We love that Maggie (From Maggie’s Farm) has such a connection with her food and amazing stories to tell. We can’t get enough of her blog, as her sunny personality comes out in her words and her love-filled recipes.
Make up a batch of these pralines, curl up with a cup of tea and bask in the joy that comes with the season.
We raise our glasses to the holidays, to our loved ones, and to the joy that is holiday baking.
From Maggie’s Farm
*we used maple syrup instead of the golden syrup used in the original recipe. Do what tickles your fancy!
- 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- a pinch, each, of cayenne pepper, and kosher salt
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp. half and half
- 3 tbsp. water
- 2 c. pecans, halves or pieces
In two quart saucepan, combine sugar, spices, syrup, butter, and half, and water. Bring to a boil. Add nuts and return to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium, and continue until candy reaches soft ball stage or 238 degrees. Remove from heat and stir rapidly until mixture begins to lose its gloss.
Quickly drop candy from tablespoon onto waxed paper and allow to harden. Makes about 24 small pralines, or 6 gigantic, sprawling, good-for-the-pause-that-refreshes, too-large-to-dunk-in-your-cup-of-afternoon-coffee, just-this-side-of-tummy-ache-sized holiday delights.
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