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Pralines for Pecan Day!

March 24, 2012

Tomorrow is Pecan Day!  In honor of this momentous occasion, we are churning out batches of  Pralines.

In reading up on pecans for this post, we learned some interesting facts:

  • Pecan trees are the only nut tree native to North America.
  • George Washington planted pecan trees at Mt. Vernon.
  • Pecan comes from an Algonquin word that means “any nut requiring a stone to crack”.
  • Pecans are chock-full of anti-oxidants, are thought to be good for the neurological system, and can lower cholesterol.

We sure hope you’ll stop in and try some of our pecan pralines, but if you can’t make it to Reading Terminal Market this weekend, we’ll share our recipe with you:

Louisiana Pecan Pralines

Makes 2 dozen

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup evaporated milk

2 TBSP butter

1 TBSP light corn syrup

pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cups pecan halves

In saucepan, mix sugars, milk, butter, syrup and salt with wooden spoon.  Cook to softball stage (235 degrees).  Remove from heat and add vanilla and nuts.  Beat til mixture thickens, 1 minute.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto buttered waxed paper; allow to cool and solidify.

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MARDI GRAS Specials…

February 22, 2012
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Beck’s Cajun Cafe!

It’s party time this week at Beck’s!  MARDI GRAS IS HERE. You’ll find all your fave N’Awlins fare on the menu including King Cakes, decadent Pralines and the Chicken & Oyster Salad that you saw Chef Bill cooking up on air on FYI: Philly last Saturday.  Want to make Pralines at home?  Try this easy cook recipe courtesy of the Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pecan-pralines-recipe2/index.html