These little pieces of heaven are about the best melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness there is out there! Pecan Pralines are a household goodie around the holiday season in the great state of Texas. You can find them just about anywhere this time of year. Gas stations, grocery stores, holiday houses, and about every Christmas party you go to.
If I’m not mistaken, pralines are a ‘southern thang’ so for those of you that live elsewhere….make your way to the kitchen and whip yourself up a batch so you can get a taste of what I’m talking about! You’ll thank me for it!
I’m all about the easy way of doing things and I came across a way to make these completely in the microwave…..yes folks, the microwave. You mock me now, but trust me. If you can make the best peanut brittle in the microwave, you can certainly make the best pralines, too! Don’t knock it til you try it. It will save you tons of time in the kitchen so you can make other holiday treats!
Easy Pecan Pralines – Texas Style
Printable Version: Easy Pecan Pralines – Texas Style
1 cup whipping cream
1 box brown sugar (light or dark, whatever your preference)
2 Tablespoons margarine or butter
2 cups pecan pieces (not too small)
Stir together whipping cream and brown sugar in very large microwave safe mixing bowl. Cook in microwave on High for 13 minutes. Open microwave about half way through cooking time and give the mixture a stir or two to make sure it is mixed well.
When time is up, take bowl out of microwave, add butter and stir until butter is melted. Add nuts, stir for a couple of minutes or so until mixture starts to thicken slightly. Quickly drop by spoonfuls on a sheet of foil. Allow pralines to cool and then put them in a covered container.
*If mixture is removed from bowl too quickly (too hot and shiny), the pralines will be too thin and may remain sticky. If the first one spreads out to0 much just put it back in the bowl and stir mixture for a minute or so more. If mixture gets to cool (dull in appearance) before it is spooned out on foil, it may become too firm to make individual pralines, but it can always be broken into chunks and eaten. Less attractive, but still good. Make a couple of batches and you will be able to tell when the mixture is right for spooning.
Chocolate lovers can add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to hot mixture along with the butter. The chips will melt completely producing “chocolate pralines.”