NOLA Kitchen Talk & Pecan Candy “Pralines”

Hello everyone it’s ya girl, women, The Nola Chic, I decided to switch it up a bit and make a video that started out as a Facebook Live stream about pecan candy, breaking down the lyrics to I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T by Weebie,  “NOLA Kitchen Talk and Pecan Candy.”

I received lots of great feedback, and I thought it would be cool to post on my blog. So, if you will please tell me what ya think. I didn’t plan to do it, but it seems like I’m on to something. As you will see I made pecan candy, better known to those outside of New Orleans as pralines. I’m using my family recipe which includes a secret ingredient that will forever remain a family secret, but I will give you a tip. Before you get any ideas, let me tell you right now, I don’t wanna hear ya’ll kick back bout “that’s not how ya make pecan candy or why you didn’t that or didn’t do this.” Don’t wanna hear it lol. We all have our very own versions of everything from how to boil water to the most exquisite cuisine, let the individual be, and you never know you may try their recipe and like it. But we talking pecan candy, pralines, and as we know The New Orleans Queen of Pralines is Tee-Eva, may she rest in peace, and may her spirit come upon me while I make my very own recipe.

Here’s The Nola Chic’s “Momo Pecan Candy” Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pecans, whole or pieces
  • 1 Stick of butter or margarine cut into chunks
  • One 1/2t. Perfect Madagascar Vanilla extract
  • Buttered marble slap, waxed or parchment paper
  • Wooden spoon
  • Heavy Dutch pot, I like to use my Daddy’s Magalite Pot

Tip: Try different milk and sugars 

Instructions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, pour milk, sugar, and butter
  2. Cook on medium heat, often stirring (do not scorch) until boiling. Stirring is essential, babysit your pot, the mixture will burn if you do not mix.
  3.  Boil on medium, stirring, until temperature on candy thermometer reaches 235, which is “soft-ball stage.”
  4.  To test for the soft-ball stage (I go for a med-ball), get a glass measuring cup with ice water in it. Drop a bit of candy into the bowl, reach into the cup with your finger, and push the candy around into a ball. If it shapes and stays, then it’s ready. If not, cook a little more keeping a close eye on the temperature. DO NOT PASS 235, or they will not be the right texture and consistency.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat, using a hot pad on the counter AND pan, and quickly add butter, vanilla, and pecans.
  6. Remove the mixture from the heat, using a hot pad on the counter AND pan, and quickly add butter, vanilla, and pecans.
  7. Beat with a spoon until butter is melted and the mixture thickens to a dark creamy caramel consistency.
  8. On a buttered marble slab or cookie sheet with parchment paper (I would butter the parchment paper, but that’s me) use a butter spoon, scoop, or 1/4c measuring cup to scoop on the paper or buttered surface. Some people prefer to pour the mixture into a parchment-lined cake pan and cut it into squares when cooled.
  9. Let the candy cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in a cool place.

     

I was with my girlfriend the other day, and the Webbie song came on the truck radio, as I danced in my seat while rapping along with the lyrics, I was gifted with perfect hearing. The words registered to my brain as I slowly realized what he was saying, I found myself with my mouth wide open ready for a fly to enter. “I said oh no, did he really say all she wants is a good jog, she will buy the D 🤐” listen to the song you will understand. I decided I needed to talk to my followers about this song, which we claimed for our theme song some years ago. I was quite disappointed that most men were in my life, but actually, they were accommodating. So, Im asking you the question below.I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T do you know what that means??https://youtu.be/OmOiniVYZt

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