Advocate-tested recipe

Perfect Pralines

Makes about 3 dozen small, thin pralines. Recipe is provided by Kay Harrison.

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tbl. butter or margarine

1 cup pecan pieces

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, milk, butter and pecans in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 11/2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Beat until creamy.

2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a foil- or wax paper-lined baking sheet and let stand until cool. Store in an airtight container. Recipe can be doubled.

Note: If the praline mixture starts to thicken before the last bit has been spooned out, put the saucepan back on the stove for a minute or two until the mixture is liquidy and begin spooning out. Also, if the pralines don’t set, scrape the praline mixture back into the pot and return to a boil for 11/2 minutes. Beat until creamy and spoon out again.