The holidays and baking go hand-in-hand. And for anyone from New Orleans, that usually involves Pralines. Pralines (pronounced "prah-lean" if you want to sound authentic) are a New Orleans institution.
The praline was originally inspired in France by a chef for Marshal du Plessis Praslin. Praslin later turned into the candy's name-praline. Pralines in France were almonds coated in cooked sugar. As French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added some cream, and a Southern tradition was born.
This "pecan candy" as it's often called in Louisiana was the inspiration behind our Praline fragrance. A southern classic of fresh pecans, sugar syrup, vanilla, and heavy cream, one customer shared, "There are no words to describe this yummy candle, and you'll be craving pralines when you burn this one!"
The holidays are the perfect time to try your hand at a batch of homemade pralines. Or maybe you need something sweet that will remind you of time spent in New Orleans. Light our Praline fragrance, and we promise, your home will smell like pralines are on the stove and remind you of everything you love about New Orleans!
A simple recipe for trying your hand at this traditional New Orleans specialty from I Heart Recipes:
Famous Orleans Pralines
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 7 tbsp salted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup half & half
Combine the butter, sugars, and half in half into a large saucepan, then turn the heat up to medium. Bring the candy mixture to 240 F, and let the candy mixture cook for about 5 minutes without stirring. After the five minutes, add in the vanilla extract and stir. Remove from the heat. Toss in the pecans and fold in. Grab a wooden spoon, and stir the hot candy mixture until it thickens. Spoon out the candy mixture onto parchment paper. Let the candy cool completely. Enjoy!