Pecan Pralines Recipe
Pecan Pralines
Flavors of Louisiana
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

The Creole/Cajun candy called "praline," whose fame has spread from New Orleans throughout the United States and beyond, has a long and storied history. The word and the confection itself are of French origin. In the 17th century, Lassagne, the chef de bouche, or master of the household, of the Comte du Plessin-Praslin came up with the idea of coating whole almonds in sugar, in order (so the story has it) to prevent the nuts from giving his master indigestion. The Comte took credit for the new sweet and gave it his own name. In the 19th century, the great chef Viard included a recipe for praline in Le cuisinier impérial, one of the most important cookbooks of its era.

When the French went to Louisiana, "praline" - eventually meaning any sugar-coated nut - went with them. In the Creole homes of New Orleans, praline came to refer to a delightful confection made from the delicious pecans that grew so plentifully in the region. Over the ensuing centuries, these "pecan pralines" or "pacanes à la crème" have become as recognizable a symbol of the French Quarter as its ironwork balconies and cobblestone streets.

For about 12 pralines

- 250 ml / 1 cup light Brown Sugar, packed
- 250 ml / 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 125 ml / 1/2 cup light cream
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 325 ml / 1-1/2 cup pecan halves

  1. Combine the brown sugar, the white sugar and cream over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until mixture forms a thick syrup.
  2. Add the butter and pecans and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove saucepan from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Use a tablespoon to drop rounded balls of the mixture onto sheet wax paper or foil, leaving about 3 inches between each ball for pralines to spread. Allow to cool.
  5. When cool, store the candy in an airtight container.


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New Orleans Pralines, photo courtesy of Southern Candymakers

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