Peanut Pralines

[Photograph: Pam Parrella]

These pralines are similar in taste and texture to the outside of a Payday bar and, best of all, they're super simple to make. The original recipe is adapted from The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, Volume XIII (1908) which instructs: "Mixed nuts may be used, but peanuts alone, with only brown sugar, make a better confection than one would think, although it does no harm to use part white and part brown, or some maple sugar."

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Peanut Pralines

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 6
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:45 minutes
Special equipment:candy thermometer, parchment paper or Silpat, baking sheet
This recipe appears in: American Classics: Peanut Pralines

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup salted or lightly salted roasted peanuts

Procedures

  1. 1

    Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat and set aside. In a small saucepan add brown sugar. Use your hands to break up any clumps. Drizzle 1/4 cups of water over sugar and swirl around pan to moisten the sugar. Stir to dissolve completely.

  2. 2

    Heat sugar over medium high, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure even heating. Sugar will begin to bubble vigorously. Continue heating and swirling until mixture reaches 230°F as measured on a candy or instant read thermometer. Remove from heat and quickly add peanuts, stir to coat then immediately then drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared pan, spacing pralines 2 inches apart. Let cool for 30 minutes then serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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