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
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.