Pralines New Orleans Style


Category: sweet



1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups pecan halves
1 tsp vanilla extract


Combine sugars and milk in a dutch oven; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 228 degrees. Add butter and pecans, and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches soft ball stage (236 degrees). Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture just begins to thicken. Working rapidly, drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased waxed paper; let stand until firm.

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