Orange-chocolate Pralines Paul Prudhomme.
firmly packed light brown sugar
plus 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
semisweet chocolate morsels,
Assemble all ingredients and utensils before starting to cook. You
will need a large, heavy-bottomed skillet with deep sides, a
long-handled metal whisk or spoon, 2 large spoons and a baking sheet
coated with non-stick vegetable spray. In skillet, melt butter over
high heat, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add sugars and pecans. Cook about 4
1/2 minutes, stirring frequently, until pecans are roasted. Stir in
cream and milk. Cook, stirring constantly, about 8 minutes, or until
small bubbles form around edges of skillet and mixture is dark brown.
Stir in orange peel and cook, stirring constantly, about 4 more
minutes, or until distinct threads form around edges of pan and candy
thermometer reads 240 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Immediately, and working quickly, drop a small handful of chocolate
morsels onto about a quarter of mixture, stirring quickly and just
enough to coat some of chips but not enough to allow chips to melt.
Quickly spoon candy onto baking sheet, using second spoon to push
candy off other spoon. Repeat until all morsels are used. Let cool.
Cooled pralines should be opaque and somewhat chunky and crumbly.
Store at room temperature in airtight container or wrapped
individually in plastic or foil.
Yield: Approximately 3 dozen.
Posted To Recipelu Linda/Tennessee 12/5/98