Friday, December 18, 2009

Southward-Ho: Day 11 (New Orleans to Memphis)

Pralines (Praw-lenes), a Creole confection since the French settled Louisiana. Oh the crunchy, sweet melt-in-your-mouth delectable confection available on every street corner shop in The Big Easy.
Each cook has their own secret recipe, and here's one posted in the local newspaper "The Times-Picayune". Bon apetit!
"Microwave Buttermilk Pralines"
3/4 Cup buttermilk
2 Cups Pecans
2 C Sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
Vanilla to taste
1 teaspoon baking soda
Stir all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass dish, except for soda. Cook on high for 12 minutes, stirring well every 4 minutes. Add soda, cook on high for 1 minute. Beat by hand for several minutes until glossy. Spoon onto wax paper placed over newspaper. If pralines don't harden, put back in bowl and beat some more.

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