Southern Pralines.

Arguably the most Southern of candies, pecan-filled pralines are both crunchy, creamy and perfectly sweet, making them absolutely irresistible.

Dating back to the 1750, pralines were first made by the French with almonds and white sugar. The Creoles of New Orleans soon found a superior alternative, using pecans and brown sugar instead. Today, it is considered a staple of Southern candies. And, undeniably one of my very favorites.

Pralines are also the perfect treat for the summer, because they take minimal effort and time. Try them when they are still warm — the brown sugar dissolves right on your tongue and melts in your mouth.

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Pralines

Yield: about 10 servings
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ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves, chopped 
  • Extra pecan halves for decoration

instructions:

How to cook Pralines

  1. Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Put the sugars, salt, corn syrup, milk, and butter in saucepan. Over medium heat, stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until sugars have dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook to a soft ball stage, approximately 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla and nuts, and beat with a spoon by hand for 2 minutes or until candy is slightly thick and begins to lose its shininess. Quickly drop heaping tablespoons onto waxed paper. Press extra pecan halves in center of candy. 
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Sprinkle the tops of the moist pralines with sea salt before they harden for a pleasant sweet and salty combination. Enjoy!


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Hummingbird Cake.

This fruity, spice Hummingbird Cake topped with cream cheese and toasted pecans will become your new favorite Southern dessert.

I’m one of those people that grew up with at pile-high stack of Southern Living magazines on our living room coffee table. This spice cake laced with moist pineapple and banana is a true Southern gem, first appearing in Southern Living in 1978. The origin of its name isn’t quite clear, but its been said it has to do with its sweet and fruity flavor, something that nectar-loving hummingbirds would be sure to enjoy. Reminiscent of a tropical vacation, it makes the perfect summer dessert. The addition of decadent cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans make it even more irresistible.

There are so many variations you can make to this recipe. Some like to add a little shredded coconut. Others add a pinch more spice. Some recipes even call for self-rising flour. But to me, you can’t go wrong with the classic combo of bananas and pineapple and because we do a pretty heavy rotation of homage to Southern recipes over here I just couldn’t leave this one out.

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Hummingbird Cake

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This cake will be the star of the show with its moist layers topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans.

ingredients:

For the Cake
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained 
  • 2 cups chopped ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Vegetable shortening
For the Frosting
  • 2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup salted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 (16-oz.) pkg. powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted

instructions:

How to cook Hummingbird Cake

  1. For the Cake:
  2. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, bananas, and toasted pecans.
  3. Divide batter evenly among 3 well-greased  and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven  25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. For the Frosting: 
  6. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in vanilla extract. Increase speed, and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Assemble Cake: 
  8. Place  the first cake layer on a serving platter; spread top with 1 cup of the frosting. Top with second layer, and spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with third layer, and spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange pecans on top of the cake to your liking.
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We just love to enjoy Hummingbird cake for dessert in my house. I would love to know if you make Hummingbird cake any special way. Let me know in the comments below.


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