I admit I have never tried making any kind of candy before so I had to do some ‘research’ before starting these. For instance, I had no idea how to caramelize sugar. I found this to be rather helpful: How to Caramelize Sugar. Also, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when the candy was done and ready to be removed from heat. I kept dropping small blobs in a glass of cold water and took a guess at when it was done. But when all was said and done, I ended up with some delicious creamy pralines so I guess all is well!
Note: I did not use pecan halves – $14/bag seemed mighty expensive for trying a recipe that may not have worked out. So I bought a bag of pecan pieces for $5.
2 c. cane sugar
1 c. evaporated milk
2 c. pecan halves
1/2 c. cane sugar (to caramelize)
1 T. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
Caramelize1/2 c. sugar. Mix together 2 c. sugar and evaporated milk. Add to caramelized sugar. Add pecans. Stir constantly until mixture forms a firm ball when dropped in cold water. Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, & salt. Beat until creamy. Drop by tablespoonful onto waxed paper. Beating is essential in keeping candy from becoming grainy.