Pray-line, Prah-line…either way, they’re delicious

After our romantic grocery store run on Friday night, we decided that this would be a cooking weekend at Casa de Carpool.  Mr. CPQ threw a pork shoulder on the grill and slow cooked it all day Saturday.  I threw another pork shoulder into the dutch oven and made carnitas for burritos and tacos.   But after preparing all that savory food, I had a hankerin’ for something sweet.

I curled up with some cookbooks Sunday afternoon and was leafing through Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen and came across a recipe for pecan pralines.  I had time on my hands and heavy whipping cream in the refrigerator, so we were good to go.

As I was standing at the stove in all my Sunday-afternoon-fresh-from-a-nap glory, Mr. CPQ showed up with the camera.  When I asked why he had the camera, he suggested that you, dear Reader, might want to know how to make a praline.  Given my shabby (yet completely normal for any day around our place) attire, I assured him that this was what we in the biz call “an unbloggable moment”.

He begged to differ.008005

That’s me with the cheesy grin that says “Really, you’re taking a picture of me sporting the Michael Jackson tribute single glove?”

Is it too soon with the MJ reference?

We’ve moved on to Billy Mays mourning in this house.  When I told Craig about his passing, we immediately agreed that we needed to keep this information from my informercial loving Baby A.  What we failed to take into account was the fact that second only to his love for informercials is his love for the news, and he found out from our local broadcaster about Mr. Mays’ passing.  He was immediately distraught over the fact that we’d never be able to do laundry again in the house because Mr. Oxy-Clean had died and we wouldn’t be able to buy it anymore.

I only wish it were that easy.

But I digress.

Pecan Pralines

Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks of butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups pecan halves

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Utensils you’ll need

Deep pot

Long handled whisk

Long handled spoon

Candy thermometer

Lightly buttered cookie sheet (we used Silpat liners)

Have everything pre-measured and layed out in the order you’ll need it.  There won’t be time to stop stirring to gather ingredients once you’ve begun.

Instructions:

1.  Melt butter over high heat in pot. Add white/brown sugars and cream.  Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.

2. Add milk and chopped pecans. Cook 4 minutes, whisking constantly.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 5 minutes, whisking constantly.

4. Add vanilla and pecan halves. Whisk and cook for 15-20 minutes more. (If mixture starts smoking toward the end of cooking, lower heat.)

5.  Somewhere in between 15-20 minutes, the mixture will hit 240 degrees and when drizzled across the surface of the mixture, it will form a neat thread across the surface.  When this happens, removed from heat and drop the mixture by heaping spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet.

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My pralines were huge.  The recipe says it makes three dozen, but it also said to make them two inches in diameter.  I may have overshot the mark a bit.

They were also a tad softer than I would have liked, but I think I took them off the second they hit 240 degrees instead of letting them cook a minute or so more.

The taste was worth every minute spent stirring.

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And in other news, it went to Mr. CPQ’s head that he was mentioned in the old blog last week and he is currently impossible to live with.  He keeps telling me “Tell those blog people that I said blah blah blah” and I never get around to it, so I’ve agreed to let him guest post here and there so that he can present his side of the story.

If you have any burning questions for him (but he said answering “Does this make me look fat?” was off-limits), leave them in the comments today and I’ll let him answer them over the course of the next few weeks in a new segment I’ll be calling “Craig Sez”.

Have a nice day.

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19 responses to “Pray-line, Prah-line…either way, they’re delicious

  1. A true Louisianian would call it “PRAH”lines. I call them delish!

  2. Wishing I had stuff to make prah-lines today. Pure sugary goodness.

    Oh…and I have a Silpat liner for my jellyroll pan. Looks different than yours, but that thing is wonderful!!! I use it all. the. time.

    Can’t wait to read Mr. CPQ’s post.

  3. Thanks for the recipe!! These look DELICIOUS!

  4. My kids (but mostly the younger one) are always asking me to put their business on the blog. Every time I take a picture anymore they ask me if it’s going to be on the blog. My husband has yet to make such requests.

  5. Those look like heaven and I the recipe for carnitas looks great but I am pretty sure that lard is not on my weight watchers diet. Now I need to find a way to modify your recipe.

  6. Dear Mr. CPQ,

    My husband lovingly calls me a TwitFace. What do you think this means? And he doesn’t like it when I ask strangers to take our family’s picture. It’s not like I’m asking for directions or anything. Do you relate to him at all? And lastly, with what do you enjoy your Spam? Eggs? Toast? What?

    CPQ: You are my hero for meal planning and execution. And the pralines look divine.

  7. My goodness, you are industrious! I tend to avoid ‘stirring recipes’ until Christmas…they look wonderfully yummy!!

    Question for Mr. CPQ : What does a ‘Dad and the boys’ day look like?? Where do you go? What do you eat? etc…

  8. Yummy! I love “prah”lines! I have never made them, but they do look easy, other than the stirring! But surely they are worth it! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. So, Mr. CPQ, how do you keep your hair so nice and executive-looking?

    And yes Sus, if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that I am no longer “Mr. No Link” as Tiffani described me last week.

    I have officially joined the dark side.

  10. Those look delicious. I’m in awe that you had the ingredients on hand. When I feel like something sweet I usually just tear the wrapper….as in a candy bar.

  11. Woo it’s like interviewing a celebrity. I’d like to know, Mr CPQ, how much say you get in the level of exposure you get in the blog. Do you have to intercept several embaressing photos/comments or do you just trust CPQ will treat you kindly?

  12. I don’t even like PRAY-lines, but I think you might have just converted me to liking yours. Yummo.

    Could be that all I had to eat today was half a poptart. That I found on the dining room table. Only hoping that it was, in fact, one of my offspring that ate the other half.

    Okay, Mr. CPQ….Why is it that men hate capri pants on women?

  13. What?! You didn’t bring me one of these “my-very-favorite-tasty-treats” this evening?! I’ll just drool over the pictures & think of how much weight I won’t gain… Glad to see you this evening!

  14. Those looks so yummy! 🙂

    and that was a typo but I thought i’d leave it for the sake of you seeing how spending so much time with these kids is affecting my grammar.

  15. I am looking forward to the blah, blah, blah from your Mr. CPQ….ha

  16. These sound SO delectable! I love how you have to keep Billy May’s passing from the baby : ). Kaish loves infomercials too. It cracks me up!

  17. Craig, I would like to know how you feel about being known as Mr. Carpool Queen. Don’t you think the title Mr. Carpool King would be more befitting to the husband of the Queen?

  18. You are really giving Paula Deen a run for her money with all the sugar and butter in these little beauties. I have never had pralines, but…. wow.

  19. first of all, “We in the biz” is KILLING ME! very, very funny.

    And a question for Mr.CPQ… Has your wife ever made you a meal that made you so happy you would buy her a Kindle? If so, what was the meal, exactly?

    I’m just saying, if you post your answer before I hit the grocery store next week, it might help a girl out. I mean, might make my husband very happy to have such an amazing meal. Yah, that’s totally it.

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