Pecan Praline recipe with evaporated milk - Best Milk Recipes

Pecan Praline recipe with evaporated milk

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Recipe Type: Candy, Pecans
Cuisine: Southern
Yields: 36 small or 20 large pralines
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min


2 cups pecan halves
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups firmly-packed light or dark brown sugar*
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or bourbon (optional)

* The type of brown sugar used will determine the color of the pralines.


Important: Have all of your ingredients handy before you start making the pralines. Once you start the process of making pralines, it goes quickly. This technique is known as Mise en Place.

Butter a large sheet of wax paper or parchment paper; set aside. You could also use a large silpad.

Spread the pecans out in a single layer on a sheet pan. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until toasted. Set aside to cool and until ready to use.

In a large heavy pan over medium heat, combine sugar, brown sugar, and evaporated milk; cook, stirring constantly until the thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 235 degrees F. or when a small amount of sugar mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard but not brittle threads.

As soon as the internal temperature of the candy mixture reaches 235 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer

, add the butter and vanilla extract. Stir until the butter is fully melted and the mixture is well combined (about 1 minute). Immediately remove the mixture from heat; set saucepan in a large pan of cold water to cool.

This is the type of cooking thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right.

When sugar mixture has almost cooled, beat with a spoon 1 minute or until it begins to lose it gloss. Immediately stir in toasted pecan halves.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared buttered wax paper, leaving about 3 inches between each ball for the pralines to spread. NOTE: Work quickly before mixture sets. If it thickens up, just place pan back on low heat to re-soften.

Let cool until the pralines are firm, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. When pralines have cooled and have become firm, wrap individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store in a covered container.

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Popular Q&A

What is the recipe for pecan pralines?

Pecan Pralines- 3 c granulated sugar, 1 c packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 c water, 3 c chopped or halved pecans, 1T butter...

What is the full recipe for pecan pralines?

1 tsp vanilla extract. In a large, heavy pot combine sugar, brown sugar and water; bring to a boil. When sugar is dissolved, add pecans. Reduce heat and gently simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 15 to 20 mins, until the mixture grains when metal spoon is rubbed against side of pot. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. Beat mixture with MORE?

Where could one find recipes for praline pecans?

There are many places one might go to find recipes for praline pecans. In addition to a the 'Recipe' or 'Cooking' websites, one might also find a recipe in a cookbook.

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