Mom loved her sweets. You can’t get more sugary than these pralines. She would make a batch and eat it all herself over several days and she was a tiny woman. If I was lucky, she would make a batch while I was there for a visit. Mother died several years ago at age 89, but she lives on through her recipes and the love of a large family.
Suzanne, my sister, and I had both written our own instructions from Mom for making her pralines, but they were slightly different. On one of Suzanne’s visits to my house we collaborated and successfully made Mom’s Pralines. Our collaboration is the recipe below.
Mom’s Pecan Pralines
2 cups light brown sugar (packed)
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup Pet canned milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
¼ cup Karo syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 heaping cup coarsely chopped pecans
Put all ingredients, except pecans, in heavy saucepan.
Stir and bring to soft boil. Cook for approximately 10 minutes stirring all the time. Stir in nuts. Cook 5 minutes longer while still stirring.
The test to see if it’s ready:
Drop a spoonful of candy in a cup of cold water. If you can move it with your finger so it sticks together to form a ball it is ready.
When test indicates it’s ready, let cool in pan for 10-20 minutes as you beat by hand.
Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper. It should firm-up immediately.
Recipe makes approximately 44 small candy pieces.
Like Mom, I’d like to eat the whole batch. Today was Day 3 of Chemo by tablet. I can’t eat two hours before or after I take the tablets. So I consciously did not start this candy-making until I had passed the 2-hours-after mark. You can’t eat just one. I dare you. Much love and much sugar to you today, Judy