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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Butterscotch Pralines

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Me and boiling sugar have never really gotten along. I've wound up with burns, horribly sticky burnt sugar messes, and hardened sugar concoctions on my stove top. So for this week's SMS recipe, Butterscotch Pralines chosen by Tess of Cookin Chemist, I followed the instructions to a T. Not only does it involve a candy thermometer (::shiver::) and boiling sugar, but I have never made or even eaten a Praline before so I had NO idea what to expect. But I couldn't miss out on this week's recipe because of the rave reviews it seemed to get on the SMS site! So I gave it a shot. And VOILA! I was surprised how SUPER easy this was. Most everything was done in one bowl, and the whole thing from start to finish was probably around 20 minutes. And within 10 minutes of shaping the pralines, they're ready to eat. That's my kind of recipe.

And how did they taste? Amazing. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but these are much better than I anticipated. Daniel said, "they taste like candy corn!" and I couldn't agree more! The pecans add a really nice texture and these will probably sooo good later crumbled on top of vanilla ice cream. :)

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Thanks for hosting Tessa! I probably never would have made these if you hadn't chosen it as our recipe, and we LOVED it!!! Be sure to visit Tessa's blog, Cooking Chemist for the recipe, and see all the other SMS bakers' takes on the recipe on the blogroll.

Happy weekend, everyone!

9 comments:

Tracey said...

I'd never eaten or made a praline before this week either Stephanie :) I don't like pecans though so that was a big part of the reason. I'm so glad you had a positive candy-making experience! It looks like your pralines turned out just right!

Ingrid said...

Good for you, Stephanie!
~ingrid

Tiff said...

Ooh these look so yummy! I have never seen a praline before either but after reading about how everyone else did this week I am really looking forward to trying these.

Eliana said...

Your pralines look simply perfect Stephanie :)

Gloria said...

Beautiful photos! Glad to hear everything went well with the dreaded candy thermometer! Your pralines look perfect and delicious. :)

Tessa said...

I'm glad you liked them! We loved them too - had a hard time staying out of them. Thanks for baking along with me!

Mollie said...

Those look GOOOOOD!

I had a similar opinion of boiling sugar, until I made butterscotch for the first time. I was so surprised at how easy it was!

Check out my cake filling...yummmm
http://eatrunread.blogspot.com/2009/10/cake-of-week-pumpkin-cake-with.html

Sweet and Savory said...

I think that many of us learned about pralines, this week and yours turned out beautifully. I am glad, it was easy for you. Next time, it will be easy for me, since I plan to buy a candy thermometer.

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

I have only ever seen pralines in the store and the way they were packaged, I was certain that they were chewy masses. You can imagine my disappointment when it hardened to an almost chalky substance. BUT I was relieved when I was told that's how they are supposed to be!

I love your teetering pralines :D

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