Pecan Chocolate Pralines #SundaySupper

Desserts Required - Pecan Chocolate Praline

Pecan Chocolate Pralines  #SundaySupper

When I think of Mardi Gras, I think of hedonism at its peak. Drinking and eating whatever one wants and doing it with a true Southern flair. Pecan Chocolate Pralines, most definitely, are just what you need to party in style!

New Orleans is Mardi Gras. One of these years, when I get over my semi-phobia of being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of my nearest and dearest friends who have been drinking for hours on end, I am going to experience Mardi Gras in person. This is not that year!

I, actually, did not know that there was a religious significance to Mardi Gras until roughly ten years ago. I love learning with my family about holidays that we do not celebrate. Each child is assigned a part to research the history, geography and religious aspects of the holiday and I create a meal that features items relevant to that particular occasion. Then, we share our information over dinner.

This was how I learned that the hedonism of Mardi Gras actually was directly related to the beginning of Lent which starts the next day. No, I have no idea how some people manage to function the next day after all the partying, but that is a story for another day.

No one has a bigger or more welcoming dinner table than the Sunday Supper Movement. The hostess with the mostess for this week’s Mardi Gras party is Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie whom I thank for doing such a fabulous job!

Equally as fabulous are these Pecan Chocolate Pralines. They epitomize the very best of the South. They are sweet and filled with all kinds of sugar.

For the lucky folks for whom you are fixin’ to make a batch of Pecan Chocolate Pralines, well, all that I can say is they are going to love you to bits!

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Desserts Required - Pecan Chocolate Praline

Pecan Chocolate Pralines #SundaySupper
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Recipe Type: Candy, Treats
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Serves: 38-40
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. For the pecan chocolate pralines:
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, sugar, cream, salt and cream of tartar in a medium size saucepan. Stir to combine.
  4. Stir over medium heat and use a pastry brush dipped in cold water to brush down the sugar crystals that build on sides of the pan. Once the sugar dissolves, attach a candy thermometer to the pan. Raise the heat to medium high and cook the mixture, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 238°.
  5. Remove from the heat and cool until the temperature drops to 220°. Add the butter and vanilla.
  6. Beat the mixture until it is creamy, about 5 minutes. It will also be a bit thicker. Stir in the pecans.
  7. Working quickly, scoop the pralines onto the prepared pans, 1 tablespoon at a time. Cool completely.
  8. Once the pralines are cool, drizzle melted chocolate over them.
  9. Store in a plastic container with wax paper or parchment paper in between the layers.
  10. Betsy's tidbits:
  11. The number of servings will vary depending on how large you make your pecan chocolate pralines.
  12. The chocolate may be eliminated if you prefer your naked pecan pralines. Yet, as a friend pointed out, “Everything is better with chocolate!”
Notes
Additional time is needed for the pralines to cool.

Now a party just wouldn’t be as much fun without my fellow #SundaySupper bloggers. Be sure to check out all of the delicious recipes they have posted and then, get busy fixin’ your own big ol’ Mardi Gras party!

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Comments

    • says

      Jennifer,

      It’s funny that you mention that. I, initially, tried a recipe I had put aside nearly two years ago. It was so crusty and grainy.

      I am thrilled that this recipe has very different results!

    • says

      Liz a/k/a That Skinny Chick Can Bake,

      Thanks so much. Even though I consider myself an Ohioan, I still have a bit of the south in me…even if it just through my love of Southern food!

  1. theninjabaker says

    Love that idea of researching other traditions and then celebrating! Speaking of celebrating – who can beat pecan chocolate pralines! (Shared on FB.)

  2. says

    That drizzle of chocolate is a stroke of genius, Betsy! As for how the celebrants function the next day, they lay very low and the massive hangover is the start of penance for their sins. Not that I know that from personal experience. :)

  3. Renee Dobbs says

    If you only knew how much my husband adores pralines. Now with the chocolate on top we may have a problem with who eats most of the batch.

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