Texas Pecan Pralines Tips
What's the difference between brittle and praline?
Praline is a softer candy, while brittle is very crunchy. This is determined by what temperature the sugar mixture reaches. At a lower temperature, the sugar, when cooled, will be chewy and soft. If cooked to a higher temperature, or "hard crack" stage
, the sugar will be brittle when cooled. Modern candy thermometers
make it easy, as these sugar-cooking stages are listed directly on the thermometer.
How do you harden pralines?
Pralines become hard when completely cooled (though not as hard as brittle, as mentioned above!). This can take an hour or more at room temperature, but can be sped up if the room is colder or if the pralines are placed in the refrigerator.
Why are my pecan pralines grainy?
When sugar crystallizes, it yields a grainy candy. So when you're cooking the sugar mixture for your pecan pralines, don't heat it too fast. Instead, keep the heat at medium and let the mixture come to a boil. Stir occasionally, but not constantly, especially when the recipe is cooling. And it's never a good idea to make substitutions or double a candy recipe. Check out these other common candy mistakes
and how to fix them.
How long do pecan pralines last?
Pralines can be stored for two to four weeks in an airtight container in a spot that isn't too warm or humid. Use parchment paper to separate layers and keep the pralines from sticking to each other.Research contributed by Anna Thomas Bates