Authentic NOLA Pralines

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Okay friends, I know I promised you some recipes I learned from The New Orleans School of Cooking so I’m going to start with one that’s pretty unique. With Father’s Day on Sunday, you may want to impress your family with something other than your typical cookies, brownies, pies, etc. What better way to do so than to make your own candy?

As I previously explained, these are super sweet and sugary, almost like fudge, but thinner and full of texture and crunch from the pecans. I don’t have exact step-by-step photos of this one, but it’s too good not to share. And I know you’re just awesome enough to pull it off anyway.

When you present them, be sure to use your best southern drawl as you pronounce praw-lines. You’ll totally look like an expert.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup milk

6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick)

1 1/2 cups pecans (roasted optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and bring to a “softball stage”, stirring constantly (this part is very important, a wooden spoon works great!). Remove from heat. Continue to stir constantly until mixture thickens and becomes creamy and cloudy. Pecans should stay suspended in the mixture.

Spoon onto parchment paper, any size you want. You can definitely use an ice cream scooper for this one!

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Allow them to harden and voila, you just made pralines! Eat and enjoy this authentic New Orleans treat!

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