That would explain why the USA has a National Holiday to express their love for it – National Prailines Day!
Confused as to what a prailine or prailines are? That’s simple to explain.
You are dealing with a few simple ingredients, but pecans definitely star in this recipe, as they did in the recipe yesterday for pecan sandies for National Pecan Sandies Day!
This recipe was brought to Louisiana by French settlers, and was embraced as the two main ingredients of pecans and sugar were both quite plentiful there.
Here’s the Deal:
- 2 cups brown sugar – firmly packed
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract – please use real vanilla extract
- 1 tsp brandy – optional: you may substitute for more vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped pecans, mixed with halves
- 3 tbsp butter – chilled, cut in pieces
- Combine sugar, milk and water in a medium saucepan.
- Heat on medium high heat until boiling.
- Using a candy thermometer, cook until mixture reaches soft ball stage, approximately 235°.
- Remove from heat, and stir in pecans, vanilla, brandy and butter.
- Quickly drop by tablespoons onto wax paper or greased aluminum foil/cookie sheet.
- Allow to cool.
Now you can eat them as is, or chop them up to top ice cream or pie, or add to specialty whipped cream.
Oh man, the possibilities are endless!
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