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Monday, May 23, 2011

How DO You Pronounce "Praline"?

There are really two components at work here. One is that there are two different elements of praline: A praline filling for a candy and the actual round candy referred to as a praline.
If you live anywhere but the southeastern United States, you will refer to both these items as pray-lene.

If you reside in a state between Louisiana and South Carolina, you will most likely call them praw-lenes. Both are acceptable pronunciations, so get over it and get on with your life.

Do you really want to cause a stir? Start discussing what goes into pralines. Pecans, of course. Well, is is pee-cans, pe-cons, or peckons?

Having grown up in Texas, I am a pray-lene, pe-con kinda' girl. (Isn't a pee-can another word for outhouse?) I can tolerate those crumbly brown sugar pralines, but my favorite is the chewy praline. This recipe came to me courtesy of Amy Robnett and is a family favorite.

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups light corn syrup

Over medium-low heat, cook sugar and syrup. Heat to 250 degrees. Remove from heat and add:

1 pound (four sticks) butter

Stir until melted. Slowly add:

2 cups whipping cream

Return to heat and cook to 244 degrees, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add:

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

7 cups pecans, chopped

Drop onto parchment paper. Makes 80 tablespoon size pralines. When cool, wrap in plastic wrap. I keep these in the freezer if not for immediate consumption.

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