(Picture courtesy of psgreen01 at flickr.com.)
One treat that I could expect at the Christmas season was home made candy from family, and my favorite was the pralines. If you’ve never had them, you should try, at least once. They’re so much trouble, you’ll work off the extra pounds just doing this.
We used the southern pronunciation, so that the beginning sound was ‘prah’, not ‘pray’.
Candy-making isn’t something you do in hot months, and it takes a lot of cleaning up, but for kids’ holidays, it’s a particularly nice way to celebrate.
These were brought over from France, where I am told they were a courting gift so must have been supposed to have aphrodisiac effects. In New Orleans, they became a pecan confection and milk was added.
|1- 1/2 cups sugar3/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup + 2 T. Half and Half cream
1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients except the pecans and vanilla in a heavy saucepan.
Candy is not easy to make, so why we have the expression ‘easy as candy’ is a bit of a puzzle. Maybe it relates to another saying, “candy is dandy but liquor is quicker’.
As you can probably tell from the directions, this will make a mess to clean up, so maybe you can use the sweets to bribe the rest of the family to reward you for the trouble you went to, by doing the mop up.