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Just What Do You Do With All Those Pecans

Updated on August 29, 2013
Just what do you do with all those pecans. Well let me give you a few ideals.
Just what do you do with all those pecans. Well let me give you a few ideals.
Homemade Pecan Pralines Are One Of The Best Desserts You Will Ever Eat.
Homemade Pecan Pralines Are One Of The Best Desserts You Will Ever Eat.

Pecan Praline Recipe

Rich, creamy, and delicious the praline is one of the south's most famous desserts. It was right around New Orleans where the first pralines were ever made probably several hundred years ago. And today when people ride the St Charles Avenue Streetcar and come to a stop at Canal and Carondelet Street they often find street vendors there selling a creole favorite which is pralines.

And if you wander down the streets of the French Quarter you'll find pralines being made and sold all over the French Quarter. The basic praline recipe calls for brown sugar, white sugar, cream, and pecans. The very first pralines were probably made from almonds but today they are made out of pecans and as you walk around the French Quarter of New Orleans you'll smell the pralines being made.

New Orleans Pralines Recipe

One of the main things you'll need to make pralines is a good candy thermometer so you can keep a close eye on the temperature of your praline mixture while its cooking. In order to make your pralines you'll need.

1. One And A Half Cups White Granulated Sugar.

2. Three Fourths Cup Brown Sugar.

3. One Half Cup Whole Milk.

4. One Teaspoon Vanilla Extract.

5. Six Tablespoons Butter.

6. One And One Half Cups Pecans.

You will need a non stick pot to cook your pralines in and you really need a wooden spoon to stir your pralines with. You will want to keep stirring your pralines almost constantly while they are cooking.

You want to add all your ingredients to the non stick pot and stir almost constantly with your wooden spoon. until your mixture reaches the soft ball stage which is 238 to 240 degrees on your candy thermometer. You want to have a couple of wax paper sheets already laid out and you want use your wooden spoon to start to drop a spoon full of your praline mixture about 2 inches apart so they don't touch and allow the pralines to cool and set up. You can if you wish when the pralines reach room temperature pick up each individual praline with a spatula and wrap each praline. Store your cooked pralines in the refrigerator or in a closed metal or plastic container.

These pralines are almost exactly like the ones made in New Orleans today and they are absolutely some of the best pralines you will ever eat. These pralines will always be better the day after they are made. And they will be even better a couple of days later if you can wait that long.

You can buy colored plastic wrap and wrap the pralines individually and give them as a gift. I guarantee you that people will be glad they get your pralines and almost everyone who gets your pralines will love them.

Please post your comments about pralines below. Have you ever had delicious homemade pralines? How did you like them?

What Can You Do With All The Pecans

A few minutes ago I was out in the yard picking up a big bucket of fresh pecans and I began to wonder just what I could do with all those wonderful fresh pecans. Here in this part of North Carolina pecan trees are everywhere and people make all kinds of wonderful things out of the pecans.

I just wonder if you've ever had pralines made from pecans you just picked up the other day or have you ever had a slice of pecan pie just out of the oven. Well let me tell you that you have never lived until you've had pecan pie muffins or pecan pie brownies. There are all kinds of wonderful things you can do with pecans and if you look around this Hub Page carefully you'll find all kinds of wonderful things to do with all those pecans.

Today the United States produces from 80 to 95 percent of all the pecans in the world and a large percentage of those are grown, processed, and sold in the old south of the United States. Do you know that pecan trees can produce pecans for more than three hundred years and that in the area of Mobile Alabama there are said to be pecan trees over 600 years old producing pecans.

And in case you're wondering pecans are an excellent source of proteins and unsaturated fats. And that eating about a handful a day can help to reduce you're LDL cholesterol which is your bad cholesterol.

Way back before the first English settlers came to the United States pecans were used as a form of currency and food among the Native Americans. Today in southeast Texas a Pecan Festival is celebrated every year as the Texas Pecan Festival. Another large Pecan Festival is held every November each year in Colfax Louisiana.

Pecan Pie Muffins

If you love pecan pie then you'll love these muffins. They taste just like a delicious homemade pecan pie. You can bake your pecan pie muffins in little cup cake papers and I guarantee you'll love them and everyone that tries them will love them.

What You Need For Your Pecan Pie Muffins

1. One Cup Light Brown Sugar.

2. One Half Cup Self Rising Flour.

3. One Cup Fine Chopped Pecans.

4. Two Thirds Cup Melted Butter.

5. Two Large Eggs Well Beaten.

6. One Teaspoon Vanilla Extract.

You will need to add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and beat the ingredients together very well with an electric hand mixer. Either grease a muffin pan very well or use cup cake papers in a muffin pan. Fill your muffin pan or cup cake papers two thirds of the way full allowing plenty of room for your Pecan Pie Muffins from rising to far. You will want to pre heat your oven to 350 degrees and you will want to bake your muffins for 14 - 16 minutes.

Brown Sugar Pecans Recipe

1. One Pound Pecan Half's.

2. One Half Cup Butter.

3. Three Fourths Cup Light Brown Sugar.

4. Two Teaspoons Vanilla.

5. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

Put your pecan in a large mixing bowl and in a non stick saucepan add the rest of your ingredients. Bring the ingredients in the sauce pan to a boil and as soon as they boil pour the mixture over the pecan halves and stir well.

Pour the pecan half's out onto an aluminum foil covered baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir your pecans about every five minutes. Remove your pecan half's from the oven and pour them out over wax paper. Let them cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.




Pecan Pie Brownies

Here we are going to make Pecan Pie Brownies and I'll just bet you that when you taste these brownies you'll be hooked for life on these delicious yummy brownies. I use a large box or package of brownie mix to make my brownies with.

And here were going to make pecan pie brownies which are some of the best brownies that you'll ever eat. These brownies are easy to make as long as you follow the simple directions for making them below.

For Your Brownies You Will Need

1. One Large Package Or Box Of Brownie Mix.

2. One Half Cup Whole Milk.

3. One Fourth Cup Vegetable Oil.

4. One Large Egg.

Add your brownie ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix very well with an electric hand mixer. Pre heat your oven up to 350 degrees and pour your mixed brownie mix out into a 13" X 9" baking pan and cook the brownies until they are slightly undercooked and remove them from the oven. All your pan of brownies to cool to room temperature.

Now you will want to mix your topping for your brownie mix in a large mixing bowl. Add the below ingredients and then mix well with your electric hand mixer.

1. One Third Cup Butter.

2. Two Tablespoons All Purpose Plain Flour.

3. One Half Cup Light Brown Sugar.

4. Two Large Eggs.

5. Two Cups Finely Chopped Pecans.

6. One Teaspoon Vanilla Extract.

Mix the above ingredients together very well and then pour out on top of the cooled brownies you just baked. Heat the oven up again to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 12 - 15 minutes until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Do not overcook your brownies. Its real important that the oven be pre heated before you put the brownies in the oven the second time to cook the brownies for the second time.

Allow your brownies to cool to room temperature before you cut them out in squares and serve.

How About Pecan Cream Cheese

You can quickly and easily make a delicious pecan cream cheese by putting a cup of pecans and two eight ounce packages of cream cheese into a food processor. Puree the cream cheese and pecans smooth and you can spread this Pecan Cream Cheese on all kinds of wonderful things like the Pecan Pie Brownies above or toasted pumpernickel bread.

How Did You Like The Pecan Recipes. Don't You Just Love Pecans And Pecan Desserts? Please Post Your Comments Now. And Thanks For Reading.

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    • Silva Hayes profile image

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I love pecans. I grew up in a pecan orchard and that's how us kids earned our Christmas money every year, picking up pecans. Great hub.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome Hub. I love any thing to do with pecans. Squirrels keeping getting mine. I heard the price of pecans is going way up.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Love pecans. My parent's yard use to have pecan trees in it. Every year they would pick them up and shell and clean and send big bags to us. I got sick from eating so many.

      Enjoyed your hub the recipes look good.

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