Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Staff Holiday Recipes - Pralines

Diane Wolfe is the Administrative Assistant at the library and has been with us for more than fifteen years. Diane's praline recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen and the Food Network.


Total Time: 45 Min
Yield: 10 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves

  • Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. 
  • Put the sugars, salt, corn syrup, milk, and butter in pan.
  • Over medium heat, stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until sugars have dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. 
  • Continue to cook to a soft ball stage, approximately 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer, 
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. 
  • Add the vanilla and nuts, and beat with a spoon by hand for approximately 2 minutes or until candy is slightly thick and begins to lose its gloss. 
  • Quickly drop tablespoons onto waxed paper. 
  • If the candy becomes still, add a few drops of hot water. 


For more seasonal recipes check out one of our holiday cookbooks. The library has a great selection of holiday recipe books that can be found in the nonfiction section both on the main floor and children’s floor. We have a large variety of seasonal reading so also be sure to browse our holiday displays. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Diane Wolfe, Administrative Assistant, and Terry Pierson, Library Clerk