Pecan Pralines

Pralines is among the most popular of Louisiana confections, no holiday meal would be complete without pralines. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 sticks butter 3 tablespoons cane syrup 1 cup evaporated milk 2 tablespoons vanilla 3 cups pecan pieces Directions: 1. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, butter, cane syrup, and evaporated milk in a saucepot. 2. Bring to boil, then lower fire and simmer, stirring constantly until temperature reaches 234% Fahrenheit on candy thermometer. 3. Stir in vanilla and pecans and remove from heat. 4. Drop by the tablespoon on parchment paper or wax paper. Allow to cool. Yields 12-15 pralines. Recipe compliments of Chef Patrick Mould.