Try This Old Family Recipe 


Texas Pralines

1 stick of margarine - I use the cheapest store brand

1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk - I use the cheapest store brand.  I have tried the good stuff but sometimes it turns out too rich and sweet

1/2 cup milk

1 cup of light brown sugar - I use the best I can find

2 cups sugar  - the cheapest is just fine

3 cups of Texas pecan pieces -  Good candy needs good pecans

1/4 teaspoon salt to blend it all together


Put all that stuff in a 3 qt. pan and heat on stove on medium.  You have to stir it slowly to keep it from burning on the bottom.  Electric stove is easier to regulate temperature but you can do it on gas stove too. 

Once it gets to bubbling, it takes about 9 or 10 minutes to caramelize.  Melt.  Blend.  It will get thicker and harder to stir.  You can tell it's ready when you take out the spoon and the liquid drips off the spoon instead of streaming off.

Don't stir too long or it will crystallize and get too hard too fast.

Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes.  Keep stirring occasionally.

Lay out about 3 feet of wax paper on the table.  Dip out a spoonful of praline and pecans and let it drop on parchment paper or wax paper.  If it is too hot,  the liquid will melt down away from the pecans.  The first few are usually that way and that's ok.  It takes some time to drip them all on the wax paper and toward the end it starts getting hard and won't fall off the spoon.  Use another spoon to help slide it off. 

Let them cool a few minutes and turn them upside down to cool. Then pass them around to your friends and don't eat too many or you will have to buy a larger size shirt.



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