Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Butterscotch Pralines


Sometimes it's fun to bake something completely foreign to you. This week's Sweet Melissa Sundays pick, Butterscotch Pralines (chosen by Tess of The Cookin' Chemist), is the perfect example of that.

Pralines are a southern dessert, and I am not a southern gal. True, I grew up in Canada's southernmost area. But although, if the stereotypes are true, they are both home to good, kind people, Canada's south and The Deep South couldn't be more different.


Point being, I had no idea what pralines were prior to making this recipe. But after realizing the recipe involved candy-making, I was sold. I love making baked goods that require the use of a thermometer, like toffee. Maybe it's because they're usually pretty easy, or maybe it's the fact that they produce goods so sugary they instantly satisfy my sweet tooth.

These pralines were a big hit - creamy, sweet, and nutty, they tasted just like fudge. Maybe I'll tip my hat to southern Canada next time and add maple extract. Thank you, Tess, for such a lovely choice! Visit her blog for the recipe.

10 comments:

Tiff May 23, 2010 at 9:14:00 PM EDT  

The pralines look great! And I think the maple would be a wonderful addition.

Mara... May 23, 2010 at 10:22:00 PM EDT  

Yours look fantastic! Sometimes it's fun to stretch your abilities. I definitely have to dust off the candy thermometer for this one but I'm glad I did!

Eliana May 23, 2010 at 10:29:00 PM EDT  

Your pralines look perfect Kait :)

Tracey May 23, 2010 at 11:25:00 PM EDT  

Beautiful photos Kait! This was my first time making pralines too and I also thought it was fun. You're right about making candy - it's usually pretty easy, so I look forward to it too. Great job on your pralines, they look wonderful!

Gloria May 23, 2010 at 11:41:00 PM EDT  

Your pralines look absolutely perfect. I am so jealous! I'm still working on my candy making skills. But these tasty treats are worth the effort! Nice job.

Tessa May 24, 2010 at 12:11:00 AM EDT  

Your pralines look perfect. I had never made them or had them before either. That was part of the reason why I chose them. Glad you liked them. Thanks for making them with me!

margot May 24, 2010 at 1:46:00 AM EDT  

Lovely pralines, Kait! I don't always think of candy as being easy, but this recipe was.

Stephanie May 24, 2010 at 6:46:00 PM EDT  

yours look so perfect! mine looked like clumpy lumpy little blobbies. but yours are no neat! oh well, at least they tasted good. Glad you enjoyed these, we did too!!

Grumpy and HoneyB May 30, 2010 at 5:53:00 AM EDT  

They look yummy. I have looked at recipes for pralines many times but being a wimp with candy just kept going - now I've made caramels successfully I think I should try these!

Candy Girl May 30, 2010 at 8:15:00 AM EDT  

Your pralines are beautiful! One of the things I like about a group like SMS is the opportunity to try new things.

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