My mom got this recipe from the late Mrs. Ardoin, the mother of her late friend Tammy. These pralines are the best. By the way, if you’re going to read my blog, you must pronounce praline correctly. It’s “prah-lean” not “pray-lean.” Pronounce it incorrectly and I will be extremely tempted to hit you. Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s the world famous recipe that gets so many requests!!
1 stick butter
3 cups white sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups pecans (make sure there are no shells!!)
Note: These MUST be made on a sunny day or they will not set!
In a heavy bottomed pot, heat up the butter, evaporated milk and sugar. Stir well so it’s all mixed. Continue to stir regularly so that it does not stick, until it reaches the soft ball stage. Once stage is reached, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and pecans. Continue to vigorously stir (but be careful not to get it all over the sides of the pot, thus wasting good stuff!) until it starts to lose it’s shine and is thicker. Then very carefully put spoonfuls onto waxed paper or silicone mats (love my silicone mats!). Allow to get firm and store in an airtight container. It’s much easier to make when you have someone helping stir, as it gets to be tough on the arms! Just be careful when it’s time to put spoons of it out because the stuff is HOT!!
The verdict: Well like I said, these are always requested for the holidays or any sort of party, really. They’re creamy, not crunchy and just wonderful. Scraping the pot afterwards is a lot of fun too.