A delicious traditional praline with a kick of delicious pumpkin...great at the holidays and a favorite any time of year!
Pumpkin Pecan Pralines
Author: Lori McLain
- 1 C dark brown sugar( you may use light for a more caramel color)
- 1 C granulated sugar
- 1 C buttermilk
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1/2 C pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 C powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 C chopped pecans, divided
- Optional 1/4 tsp Kosher salt for tops
- In a heavy sauce pan, mix brown and white sugars, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, and salt.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Lower heat to medium-low and cover pan to sweat down any sugar crystals on sides of pan. Uncover and stir continuously to a temperature of 235 degrees F. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar, beating lightly with wooden spoon. Add baking soda and 2/3 C pecans. Stir continuously until thickens. Drop by tablespoons onto parchment paper on flat work surface. If the mixture gets to thick, you can add 2-3 drops of water and blend. Sprinkle with a few f the remaining pecans if desired, then a tiny sprinkle of salt. (You could make half with salt and half without to see which ones you like best !)
- Let pralines cool and dry for 30-45 minutes.
- Pralines are one of my favorite desserts and are light and still satisfying. Pumpkin just seemed to be fun for Holiday desserts and this is now my family's favorite at Christmas!