How to Make Homemade Pralines

Learn how to make delicious Homemade Pralines with this super easy recipe from the New Orleans School of Cooking! They’re so nutty and sweet, you’ll want to make them all the time!

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Easy Homemade Pralines Recipe

What a great weekend I had in New Orleans last week. I was fortunate to spend 4 days with a group of bloggers and the LA Seafood Board. We ate our way through the best restaurants and met with seafood fisherman to get a hands on look at how much love and work goes into their jobs. A real eye opening experience, I have so much respect for all of them.

Exploring New Orleans

Let me take you through a peek at the adventures we went on day 1.

Image of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel Front

We were so lucky to stay at The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, right in the middle of the French Quarter.

Image of Sucre SweetsPhoto via Marla Meridith

We had a lovely gift bag of sweets from Sucre’ Bakery Boutique and a giant arrangement of Zatarains products waiting in our rooms. How gorgeous is this?

Image of The Bistro Menu

Last Thursday evening we dined at the Bistro at Maison De Ville. The  food was delicious, I tried my first set of frog legs. So cliche, but yes tasted like chicken 🙂

Image of The Camellia Grill Sign

I am not sure what I will do without Camillia’s Grill. Amanda and I enjoyed their charming diner 3 times in 4 days. No kidding, they had the best breakfast Western Omelet I have ever had. See photos below. We spotted their secret ingredient. Finely chopped ham and peppers sauteed in LOTS of butter before the eggs get poured over. Worth every single calorie.

Image of the Dining Area at The Camellia GrillHere is the inside diner. Love Love Loved it 🙂

Image of an Omelette at Camillia'sHere are the guys hard at work, they were as sweet as the food was delicious. It’s a must do if you are in New Orleans.

Image of Camillia's Western Omelet and PancakesThe photos don’t even do these dishes justice. We split a side of pancakes and some grits too. Love!

Image of Gator JerkyAfter breakfast on Friday, we headed to the Louisiana Seafood Festival, lots to see and even more to eat. I got a kick out of the gator offerings. You don’t see this in Orange County 🙂  Matt and Adam tried the gator sausage and everyone raved about it, guess Mr. Gator is mighty tasty.

Image of Chef John FolseWe also had front row seats to chef demo’s at the festival. Talented local Chef’s prepared beautiful seafood dishes and shared. How good does that shrimp and coconut look that Chef John Folse is holding?

Image of Matt and Amanda getting InterviewedHere we are getting interviewed by the LA Seafood camera man. Not sure where our faces will show up. Matt and Amanda doing a fine job on camera 🙂

Image of Me Taking PicturesPhoto Via Matt Amaranderiz

Marla, Me and Gaby taking pics of the gorgeous chef dishes. Always snapping photos aren’t we?!

Image of Cafe Du MondeAhhh, the ever so famous Cafe Du Monde. Before I went to New Orleans, EVERYONE said you must get beignets from Cafe Du Monde. I don’t drink coffee, but I hear their coffee is a must order as well. It’s a small outside coffee shop with powdered sugar all over the floor. You can see why by the looks of those beignets. Very charming indeed and how can you go wrong with a fried piece of goodness covered in powdered sugar?

Image of Me with BeignetsHappy girl with my beignets 🙂

Image of the NOLA Cooking School Menu

The New Orleans School of Cooking

We also had the pleasure of watching cooking demo’s from Chef Ann at the New Orleans School of Cooking. The food was outstanding!

Image of a Cooking DemoOn the left is Ann the cooking instructor who was the cutest sweetest grandma you’ll ever meet. On the right is Dan serving up the grub. We could come up and help ourselves….and even have seconds 🙂

Image of Maggy and MePhoto via Amanda

Maggy and I snapping some serious photos, lol!

Image of Maggy, Amanda and MePhoto via Amanda

Me, Maggy and Amanda at the cooking school 🙂 We enjoyed Corn and Crab Bisque, Crawfish Etouffee, Banana’s Foster and Homemade Pralines….which I have the recipe for you!!

Image of Homemade Pralines on a Baking Sheet

Image of Homemade Pralines

How to Make Homemade Pralines

Learn how to make delicious Homemade Pralines with this super easy recipe from the New Orleans School of Cooking! They're so nutty and sweet, you'll want to make them all the time!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Belgian
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Servings: 40 pralines
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Jenny
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Equipment

  • Stove
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans roasted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and bring to a “softball stage” (238-240 degrees F), stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Stir until mixture thickens (again stirring constantly), becomes creamy and cloudy, and pecans stay suspended in mixture. Spoon out on buttered waxed paper, aluminum foil or parchment paper. 
  • *When using waxed paper, be sure to buffer with newspaper underneath, as hot wax will transfer to whatever is beneath.
  • Options: Praline sauce (add 1/2 cup corn syrup to mixture). Chocolate covered praline candy. Flavored pralines (chocolate, coffee, brandy, etc.)

Notes

Recipe by The New Orleans School of Cooking
To roast pecans, bake them on a sheet pan at 275 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until slightly browned and fragrant.
Makes 1-50 Pralines depending on desired size

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: easy dessert recipe, quick and easy dessert

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Stay tuned for more New Orleans Adventures and more recipes!

To see the full list of bloggers who I was with click HERE

57 Responses
  1. Hollie

    I made this recipe two different times the flavor was excellent but came out grainy! I used a candy thermometer and was wondering what I keep doing wrong!

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  3. Angela

    I came across this receipt about three years ago and decided to give it a try. Now my family request these every Christmas. These are very good and easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kim

    As a person who lived in Southern LA and learned to make them from true cajun cooks change the milk to pet canned milk makes them SO much better. You are spot on from my way of doing them.

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  6. Rebekah

    I went to New Orleans this spring break for my second time there. On my first visit, we did not have a great experience with the food. However, I followed your advice and went to Camellia Grill – the absolute most cutest place! One of my favourite parts of the trip. A couple walking down the street asked if I knew of any good restaurants and I told them about Camellia – I know their experience was as great as mine!

  7. Deb

    Ronnie – Thx for sharing ur homemade praline recipe. I lost the one you sent me. I didn’t want to bug you again. So thx, now I have the recipe & much much more. Awesome site kiddo <3!!

    xo Deb…

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