February 28, 2017

Pecan Pralines and Mardi Gras Memories

These sweet Southern pralines are creamy and packed with toasted pecans!
I made this New Orleans inspired recipe for Mardi Gras this year but I love them year round! 
Check out my recipe below along with some photos from our Mardi Gras fun this year.

I have updated this recipe from a previous post in 2012. Check it out here




Ingredients:

Makes about 3 dozen
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  • 1 1/2  tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  1. Set out two baking sheets covered in parchment paper. 
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir until it becomes creamy and cloudy, and pecans stay suspended in mixture {about 240 degrees}.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir pot to cool for a minute before spooning. 
  6. Spoon circles onto parchment paper. 
  7.  Let set for at least 5 minutes.

Note: To toast pecans, add to a dry skillet and heat over medium heat until slightly browned and fragrant.

 I like to toast, or roast, my pecans to give them a stronger flavor.
 Some recipes call for regular milk but I use evaporated milk with is creamier and richer. 
Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan.
 I add the pecans last.
Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly. 
Stir until it becomes creamy and cloudy, and pecans stay suspended in mixture {about 240 degrees}.
 Remove from heat.
Stir pot to cool for a minute before spooning. 
 Spoon circles onto parchment paper. 
 Let set for at least 5 minutes.
 Pralines make wonderful gifts and keep for up to a week.
Creamy and sweet, I sure do love a good praline! 
 
 We sure did have a busy Mardi Gras this year!
We attended 4 parades in 4 different cities along with enjoying king cake and crawfish and going to festivals and events. 
 We love our little Mardi Gras babies!
 The nighttime parade in Natchitoches is so much fun!
We first took Ava when she was a newborn and she slept through it all!
The Krewe of Mystique parade in Baton Rouge was our first parade this year and we were lucky enough to have my parents and our dog Dylan meet us there. 
 We also checked out the Bark in the Park event in Baton Rouge this year with the whole family.
 If you are a dog lover check this out along with the Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade. 
 Believe it or not school is out for Mardi Gras here in Louisiana. 
So my girls and I spent the day crafting masks and eating treats at our local bakery. 
 Parades are fun but Mardi Gras has some delicious food too!
Lots of King Cake was devoured and to celebrate Fat Tuesday 
we had a huge crawfish and shrimp feast! 
Be sure to check out my 25 Cajun Recipes for Mardi Gras here


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