Texas is famous for its pecans—they often grow right in the backyards—so pralines are easy to find as well. For Texans living far from home or anyone with a sweet tooth, these pralines will satisfying any craving for the treat.
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups whole shelled pecans
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat sugar, milk and baking soda in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, forming a soft ball when dropped into cold water (234°F to 236°F | 110°C).
- Remove from heat and stir in pecans, butter and vanilla. Beat until well mixed; cool slightly.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper lightly sprinkled with sugar.
Makes 1 dozen confections.