Southern Pecan Pralines

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If you haven't tried pralines before, you are in for a treat. This dessert recipe has been around for hundreds of years, and this is just one of the recipes you can try. Pralines are a dessert recipe that contains nuts and sugar, along with cream as common ingredients. This particular pecan praline dessert recipe uses half and half and butter to make for a creamy base that is out of this world. For this praline dessert recipe, you will need to do a considerable amount of hand stirring and beating. And just when you think you've finished all the stirring you still have about 10 to 15 minutes of stirring left. So it might be a good idea to get out some of your helpers, in the way of a teenager or someone who is wanting to learn to bake. This recipe has a syrup of sugar, milk and cream that has to be brought up to 234 degrees, so it's a good idea to have a candy thermometer. This dessert recipe is well worth the effort, and you can feel guilt free knowing there is plenty of pecan nutrition in the mix.

When it comes to using pecans in a recipe, there is a lot of pecan nutrition inside this healthy nut. Pecans are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, and iron along with calcium and Vitamin C. Regardless if pecans are eaten raw or roasted pecans, they are healthy snack idea and the secret of many a good dessert recipe. Before the Europeans settled in North America, pecans were a nut that was widely consumed and traded by the Native Americans. Pecans can provide from two to five times more energy and pecan nutrition per unit weight than wild game, and require little to no preparation to eat, making them an excellent food source. Pecans can be found on the ground that is often still edible. Hollow tree trunks, which are found in abundance in pecan stands, offer a great spot for storing pecans by humans and squirrels, alike.

When it comes to baking with vanilla extract, there are more than a few choices. When a dessert recipe or easy dessert recipe calls for vanilla extract, you can also use vanilla paste, or vanilla beans if you choose. You will also find vanilla sugar and infused vanilla syrups as vanilla options amongst other vanilla products. Most people rely on standard vanilla extract for most of their baking needs mostly because it's easy to find and affordable. Vanilla extract is an ingredient that is made by the macerating of vanilla beans in a mixture of both alcohol and water. When purchasing vanilla extract, you want to try and avoid imitation varieties as they will have a weaker and sometimes tinny aftertaste. It's a good idea to spend a bit more for good quality vanilla extract. Vanilla beans, are a more expensive vanilla product but offer the ultimate in flavoring and scenting in baked goods dessert recipes. Vanilla beans are an almost waxy dark brown pod that is filled with thousands of tiny brown flavorful specks. When purchasing you vanilla beans for use in dessert recipes you want to make sure the vanilla beans are plump and smooth, and never dry. The vanilla beans should also smell highly fragrant and have a slight shine to them to know that they are fresh.

This dessert recipe is just one of the recipe ideas you will find on the Syrup & Biscuits site. ON the site you will find other easy dessert recipes, southern recipes, appetizers, main dish recipe ideas, side dish recipes and so much more. **

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