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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- 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
- For the pecan chocolate pralines:
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine the brown sugar, sugar, cream, salt and cream of tartar in a medium size saucepan. Stir to combine.
- 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°.
- Remove from the heat and cool until the temperature drops to 220°. Add the butter and vanilla.
- Beat the mixture until it is creamy, about 5 minutes. It will also be a bit thicker. Stir in the pecans.
- Working quickly, scoop the pralines onto the prepared pans, 1 tablespoon at a time. Cool completely.
- Once the pralines are cool, drizzle melted chocolate over them.
- Store in a plastic container with wax paper or parchment paper in between the layers.
- Betsy's tidbits:
- The number of servings will vary depending on how large you make your pecan chocolate pralines.
- The chocolate may be eliminated if you prefer your naked pecan pralines. Yet, as a friend pointed out, “Everything is better with chocolate!”
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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