Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Praline Sauce

Pralines are a classic Southern dessert, much like pretty much anything made with pecans and brown sugar! We Southerners also LOVE giving away "food gifts", whether it's a homemade cake, an overabundance of homegrown tomatoes/peppers/etc, or just something cute in a little mason jar. 

I love making this praline sauce - it's rich, sweet, studded with pecans and full of all of the flavors that make Southern pralines SO delicious. It's perfect atop ice cream (vanilla bean or coffee, especially!), or even atop waffles. For complete pecan overload, try this sauce in place of syrup on some pecan waffles

This sauce is incredibly simple to make - you don't need to prepare a canner and hot water bath; in fact, you won't even have to turn on your stove! Everything is prepared in just a few minutes with your microwave, and people will think you slaved over a hot stove to make them a nice homemade gift! 

Praline Sauce
adapted from A Southern Fairytale

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
8 Tbsp butter, divided
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2/3 cup evaporated milk

Place the pecans in a microwave-safe dish along with 1/2 of the butter (4 Tbsp). Microwave on 50% POWER for 8-10 minutes, stirring twice.

In another microwave-safe dish, melt the remaining 4 Tbsp butter. Whisk in the brown sugar, corn syrup and flour until combined. Microwave on 50% POWER for 6-8 minutes, stirring twice, until the sugar is dissolved. The mixture will be VERY hot and bubbly, so be careful! 

Add the evaporated milk and pecans; stir well to combine. Pour into jars.

Once the sauce is opened, it needs to be kept refrigerated. 

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