Chocolate Pecan Pralines
The popular confection is given a little twist with the addition of chocolate to the ingredients.

3 cups granulated sugar
1 stick butter
1 cup evaporated milk
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup pecan pieces
2 cups pecan halves


1. Combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk in a medium saucepot over a medium-high heat.
2. Bring to boil lower heat to a simmer. Add chocolate and stir constantly until temperature reaches 234 degrees on a candy thermometer.
3. Stir in vanilla and pecans. Simmer for additional minute and remove from heat. Sit for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
4. Drop by tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Cool at room temperature.
Yields 20 pralines.

Chef Patrick Mould
Louisiana Culinary Enterprises, Inc
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