Friday, February 19, 2010

Pralined Pecans

These winter days that look like this:

Are making me long for this:

 The Beach....oh, the beach, how I have missed you..
I know to some of you  pralined pecans may seem like a holiday food, but to me they remind me of the beach. At the little beach town that we stay at year after year, there are tons of little gift shops. My daughter's favorite shop, we refer to as "The Shark Store." This store features a giant shark with the open mouth landing right at the front entrance of the store. The teeth dangle above your head as you walk in. My littles ones just love the idea of walking into the sharks mouth. Anyways, at the shark store, like any beach town I suppose, they sell a selection of taffy, fudge and pralined pecans. The pecans, kept warm, are usually sold in little white paper cones. I've lusted after them for many years. Finally, as I was looking for some sharks teeth one day to  hide on the beach for my sweet husband (he just loves it when I do things like that:), I finally bought some. And I have lusted for them every day since. Can you tell I adore them?
So, I was very excited to find a recipe that was so similar over at Cookin' Lean Like Paula Deen . And by the way, if you haven't visited Lindsay's blog, it is certainly worth a look, especially if your New Years resolution involved losing a few pounds. I altered this recipe just a touch because I was too chicken to use all splenda. Maybe next time, I will give the all splenda recipe a try. Instead, I used part splenda and part splenda brown sugar blend (half splenda/half brown sugar). Still, this is really so much lower in sugar than what you would find at your gift shops. Honestly, I couldn't even tell that it was low sugar. Perfect to make on a cold winter day when you're longing for the beach. Enjoy!

Pralined Pecans
adapted from Cookin Lean Like Paula Deen

12 oz pecan halves
1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/2 cup of Splenda
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven 250 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, whip water and egg white until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together Splenda, cinnamon and salt. Add pecans to egg white and water; coating nuts evenly. Add the sugar mixture to the bowl and mix until pecans are coated. Spread the pecans on a foil-covered cookie sheet (trust me, you'll thank me for this later when you're cleaning up). Bake for one hour; stir every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Store in airtight container.


Audrey said...

Those pecans look amazing! So does the beach :)
Following your blog thanks to FF!
Have a great weekend!

love lives in the kitchen said...

great recipe! especially for that freezy weather!
wish you a sweet weekend,

Lucie said...

I'm definitely making these this afternoon, but with normal sugar since I don't have any Splenda. They remind me of all the nut stands on the street in NY...only better!

MP said...

Ah, what a fun post! I'm ready for some of that beach activity, pralined pecans in hand.

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TamsJewelry said...

Can't wait to make these.Thanks!Glad I found you through Friday follow!

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Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Yum, I can almost smell them. I am longing for the beach too. Instead, we are getting a little snow tonight and a big blast on Sunday.

Thanks for visiting me today. I didn't know what a cloche was either (other than a hat) when I started blogging in August. Now I have 3 of them! Blogging can be expensive:)


♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh hubby's gonna love those pecans!

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Diane {} said...

your pralined pecans looks so yummy :)

grace said...

i know splenda doesn't replace sugar very well in some recipes, so i'm thrilled to learn that it worked out in these. i LOVE pralines!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Being from Texas, just the though of pecans make me happy. This recipe and picture however, make me homesick! Great post.

Marcellina said...

I have never had or heard of praline pecans but they sound delicious. In summer we wouldn't want anything warm (it's too hot here!) but as we go into autumn in a few days I know I will try your praline pecans. Thanks for the recipe.

High Heels and Aprons said...

You know, I've never made anything like this before, I am going to try these tomorrow afternoon!

Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

Kathy said...

Bless you! You may just have saved my diet!!!

Jessica Casteel said...

why would you hide sharks teeth at the beach? there's plenty of teeth out there already, don't waste your money! the beaches in Venice Florida are some of the best for finding teeth, we even have a Sharks Tooth Festival in the spring!