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Betty’s Pecan Pralines

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Pecan Pralines. This is a recipe that is composed of buttermilk, soda, sugar, butter, salt, vanilla, and pecans. The pralines are “soft,” as opposed to traditional sugary pralines. This has been one of my family’s favorite confections for many years, and we usually have these pralines during the holiday season. However, they are delicious any time of the year!


Ingredients:

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups chopped pecans

In a large pot, combine 1 cup buttermilk with 1 teaspoon soda, stirring until the soda is dissolved. Add 3 cups sugar, 1 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons corn syrup, and a pinch of salt. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches soft ball stage (236 degrees F). Remove from heat and let stand until lukewarm (110 degrees F). Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 cups chopped pecans. Beat until mixture begins to thicken and loses its gloss. Drop by tablespoonfuls (or size of your choice) onto waxed paper. Let stand until firm. Serve on a nice platter or in a candy bowl. You may store these in an airtight container. Or, you may freeze these and thaw when ready to serve. If you are having guests for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, this is a gorgeous and luscious addition to your party. I hope you enjoy the pralines! Have a Happy New Year! –Love, Betty ♥

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Betty’s Old Standby Chewy Peanut Squares

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her Old Standby Chewy Peanut Squares. These are made by pouring a tasty peanut butter sauce over cereal flakes, then cutting them into individual serving pieces once they are set up.

Ingredients:

½ cup butter
¾ cup white syrup or Karo‘s light corn syrup
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups Special K or cornflakes cereal (I used Special K with chocolate pieces.)

Place ½ cup butter, ¾ cup white syrup or light corn syrup, and ¾ cup sugar in a medium to large pot. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Boil 2 ½ minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and ¾ cup creamy peanut butter. In a large bowl, place 4 cups of Special K or cornflakes cereal. Pour the peanut butter sauce mixture over the cereal and mix thoroughly. Press into a 9-inch square pan. Let sit at room temperature for about half an hour, and then refrigerate for another half-hour. Cut into 16 squares and place on a nice serving dish. These keep well at room temperature throughout the day, but for longer storage, you may refrigerate or freeze them. This is a great pick-up dessert for your Super Bowl party! I hope you love it! –Betty ♥

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Betty’s Party Peanut Brittle

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Party Peanut Brittle. Everyone loves peanut brittle, and it is a perfect pick-up food at a party.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
cooking oil spray

In a medium-sized heavy pot, stir together 1 cup sugar, ½ cup light corn syrup, and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil, without stirring, 5 minutes (310 degrees on a candy thermometer). Add 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts. Stir. Cook 2 or 3 more minutes (280 degrees on a candy thermometer). Mixture will be golden brown. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Immediately, pour mixture into a 15-inch by 10-inch jellyroll pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray. Spread mixture with the back of a wooden spoon until of desired thickness and even. Let cool 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces, using a large spoon. Place on serving dish, or store in an airtight container. The taste of this Party Peanut Brittle is outrageously good! You may want to use it at your Super Bowl Party as a sweet snack! I hope you love it! –Betty 

 

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