Sunday, May 23, 2010

Butterscotch Pralines - SMS

I've never made pralines before, probably because I've always found them too sweet. Making these was one of those frustrating kitchen experiences. I didn't feel great to begin with, either the 24 hour bug or a touch of food poisining. Then as I was gathering all of the ingredients, my candy thermometer rolls on to the floor. It didn't really break but it chipped on the bottom, so I was pretty sure I shouldn't use it. Off to the store to get another one.

Once I got back with the thermometer and gathered the ingredients, the recipe went together easily. I think my mixture was too thick. I went ahead and spooned them out onto the parchment paper. I don't really think they look like pralines. Tim said they're good but needed a few more nuts.



This week's SMS was chosen by Tess of Cooking Chemist. Check out her blog, she has some great recipe ideas. You can find the links to the other SMS gals here.

19 comments:

  1. I think your pralines look pretty good. Pralines are sweet but, a little goes a long way and they are delicious.

    I hope you are feeling better.

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  2. Julie,

    For such a simple recipe, it seemed to be so challenging! But, they were so delicious!!

    I'll follow your future SMS posts...

    Carmen

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  3. I hope you're feeling better Julie! I'd never made pralines before or even eaten one so this week's recipe was definitely an adventure. I tried to skip the butterscotch chips which was a mistake but I ended up making a second recipe which turned out well :) I'm glad to hear that Tim enjoyed the pralines!

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  4. Bummer on the broken candy therm. You really were determined to make these prealines! I would have quit after I broke the CT! I think they look good. I enjoyed them!

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  5. Julie, these look wonderful. I adore pralines, but have never made my own. You have inspired me. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. I've never made pralines so kudos for trying them! I love them, but I really can't eat an entire one. Just too sweet, I guess. But I'm sure willing to take bites of one all day long!

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  7. Sorry you had some trouble. We all of one of those days every now and then. The pralines look great!

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  8. Yours look good! But I agree, they are so super sweet. I hope you are feeling better soon!!

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  9. I am impressed with your determination. I think it paid off, they look really yummy!

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  10. I am so with you on your opening line. And this recipe doesn't change my opinion. I was wondering if it's possible to get a praline that's not cloyingly sweet. I too wanted more nuts- it needed at least two cups. ~sigh~ I'm sending mine to a friend who says her family likes pralines.

    Hope your next sms recipe is more rewarding!

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  11. Well I think your pralines look great, especially since candy making is not simple.

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  12. I agree with the candy to nut ratio...I added a little more than the recipe called for and felt they could still use a little more. These were extremely sweet, but still tasty. Your pralines look great!

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  13. sorry about your candy themometer..i have broken many..i also find pralines too sweet but I still consume too many..yours look great!!
    sweetlife

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  14. I think yours look great. They are a bit more cookie-like in looks but I think the solidity would make them taste even better.

    I hope you are feeling better.

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  15. I'm sorry that you didn't feel well :-( Thanks for making them with me regardless!

    We are moving to AZ. My husband is leaving next weekend, but I should still be around NE through the winter for school.

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  16. Sorry you didn't feel! but your pralines look very good! I've had some before and agree, they are very sweet!

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  17. Oh I certainly hope you feel better!!

    I learned a loooong time ago that if you are feeling under the weather, to NOT bake. Usually everything that CAN go wrong, WILL. And that just makes you feel worse.

    On a positive note, I think your pralines look deliciously thick and chunky!!

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