Recipe: Spice Holiday Pralines
Twp dozen pieces
2 cups sugar
½ cup Steen’s cane syrup or light molasses
2 cups pecan halves
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cane syrup, pecans and ½ cup water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 235 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2. Remove saucepan from heat and immediately stir in butter, vanilla extract and spices. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
3. Carefully, using an electric mixer — or a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment — whip until mixture changes to a lighter color and becomes creamy and just starts to stiffen as it cools. (It should still be warm.) The pecans will break up a bit.
4. Use a tablespoon-size cookie-dough scoop to drop mixture onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper (12 pralines per sheet). Use a spatula to flatten each praline. Let cool completely and store in a tin, creating separate layers with wax paper.
Adapted by The New York Times from Elizabeth Choinski