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March 20, 2008



Beautiful......are there any going into the mail for me? xo


No chance, Lisa! There aren't even any going in the mail for me!


Lisa, you'll just have to come visit again!

Jack, please. You know perfectly well they didn't all fit in the box.


Oh, wow. What a great gift!

I remember walking by bakeries when I visited New Orleans and being able to smell pralines cooking. Unfortunately, I'm not really a fan of pecans. Could I substitute a different nut, or would that amount to culinary treason? :)

Bella Baita View

With a story like that, they would be hard to resist trying to make. Unfortunately, we have neither pecans (American walnuts, as the Italians call them) nor butter milk. Whew then I'm off the hook for something else to be addicted to.

PaulR (Dad)

Wow!! When are they coming? And, when you guys come through here in May, remember we live near one of the largest pecan groves around. Their store has oodles of pecan halves.


oh pralines... you just hit the spot with me! Can I get some?...


This praline recipe sounds so delicious! And the memories associated with them make it even better!


Adele, I think walnuts would be delicious!

Marla, I think you could use walnuts... and there are recipes that call for regular milk or cream... not to mention you can make your own buttermilk by adding a little vinegar. So now you're back on the hook! :-)

Dad, I'm just getting ready to go by the post office... so look for them soon!

Aran, in exchange for something you make? DEAL!!!

Deborah, I think I'm the only person in the family who ever makes them these days... I guess I'd better teach the tricks to one of kids soon!

Mary Anne (Mom)

Wow! They look beautiful. I suppose I will have to fight your father to get even a tiny taste.


wow I have never heard of this type of pralines but it does sound fascinating - your dad is lucky to have you make them for you but I can see why your mum doesn't (and thanks for all the good advice - very useful)


I've never had a praline but for your Dad to want to keep them all for himself, they must be damn good. Send an extra box my way please. ;)


Ann, these look devine! Sweet making is tricky at the best of times, so I have double admiration for these.


Ok Ann, I just made some vanilla macaroons and some milk chocolate and passion fruit but ended up giving them all away. Next time I bake something that can be shipped I'm sending you some!


Such sweet memories. You know here in India you get something very similar to pralines, the difference being that its made with jaggery, and usually has peanuts in it, its called chikki!


I like that tip about buttering the inside of the pot! Excellent idea. And your pralines look picture perfect.

I went through a big praline-making period before Christmas and I never had a problem with my pralines not setting up but getting them all spooned out before they set up was quite the trick.


Mom, just promise him you'll make another batch. :-)

Johanna, they're a classic here in the US... and really not as hard to make as I'm afraid I may have made it seem...

Pixie, I'm hearing a lot of requests for boxes today... :-)

Cakelaw, amazing how so few ingredients can be so complicated, isn't it?

Aran, you have a deal!

Aamena, that sounds so interesting! I'll have to find a recipe and try making it!

Julie, I hear you-- that's usually my issue as well!


THANKS for the buttering tip! Any suggestions on home candymaking are as ravenously devoured as the spoils. These are gorgeous. I better get cracking on some new recipes b/4 our summer humidity blows it all.

Lisa/The Apron Queen

The heck with cooking supper! I'm making a bunch of desserts after reading SHF!!

Stop by for a visit. I'll even save one of my baked apples for you! :D

Confessions of an Apron Queen: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com




These pralines are awwwwesooooome! I love them and I will definitely be making more. I made them this afternoon and it just took about 20 minutes total prep, cook, and set time. They harden very quickly, which is nice. Thanks for the recipe!

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