Vanilla Pecan Pralines
Keep some of these buttery, vanilla-scented treats on hand for unexpected guests—if you can!
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups pecan halves
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Butter a baking sheet and set aside.
- Heat sugar, syrup and water in a heavy saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add pecans and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the soft-ball stage (see note). Remove saucepan from heat and add butter and vanilla; let cool.
- Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture gradually changes to an opaque color and becomes creamy. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a buttered baking sheet and allow to harden.
Makes 24 confections.
Tip: The soft-ball stage is a test for candy that describes the point at which a drop of boiling syrup immersed in cold water forms a soft ball that flattens of its own accord when removed. On a candy thermometer, the soft-ball stage is between 234° and 240°F (approximately 115°C).