Chewy Texas Pralines
Chewy pralines, a regional favorite of the south, are gaining popularity throughout the U.S.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups pecan halves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a heavy saucepan, mix together sugar, light corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 245°F (120°C), about 20 to 25 minutes, or forms a firm ball when dropped into cold water. Gradually add milk, margarine, and pecan halves. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes after adding the last ingredient, returning the mixture to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
- Cool until set before wrapping.
Makes about 2 dozen candies.