Pralines Recipe | Dessert Recipes | PBS Food

Lidia Bastianich samples New Orleans food and makes music with Mardi Gras Indians when she attends a New Orleans wedding in Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New.



  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light cream
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, halved
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Combine sugars and cream in a heavy 2-quart saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a thick syrup.
  2. Add pecans and butter and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove sauce pan to a heatproof surface (such as a wire rack) and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Use a tablespoon to drop rounded balls of the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper or aluminum foil, leaving about 3 inches between each ball, allowing for pralines to spread. Allow to cool.
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