Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kitchen Confessions {Coconut Pecan Pralines}



Last week, on Instagram, some of you might have seen me post this photo with the hopes that what I was baking would turn out. 

There might have been mention of spoon licking as well. 

Well, let me just tell you they most definitely turned out. They are delicious!!! So much so that we are at the point that while my mouth screams, "Yes! Yes!" every time my hand reaches for the Pyrex container they are in, my butt, hips, and thighs are simultaneously screaming, "No, don't do it!" in fear that they won't be contained in next weeks line up of yoga pants. 

Some things are worth it though. 

And yoga pants are stretchy. 

While browsing Pinterest I kept seeing pins for coconut recipes pop up in my feed. Along with the many other things I am addicted too, coconut is among my favorite. One pin that caught my attention was for Coconut Pecan Pralines. Instantly my mouth watered. After scanning the recipe, and seeing the words "no bake" pop out at me I was sold. 

Here is the original recipe. I tweaked a few things just for my own personal preference. Also, I will disclose as you read the ingredients, that you will not want to feed these to small children if you wish for them to sleep anytime soon. Read: tons of sugar!

COCONUT PECAN PRALINES

Ingredients
- 2 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup of evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups of chopped pecans
- 2 21/2  to 3 cups of grated coconut

Directions
1: Mix pecans and coconut in large bowl and set aside.
2: Mix sugar, evaporate milk, syrup, and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
3: Bring to a rolling boil and stir for about 3-4 minutes.
4: Remove from heat and add pecan coconut mixture.
5: Add vanilla.
6: Stir until it thickens. Approximately 4 minutes.
7: Take a spoonful of mixture and place on wax paper. 
8: Let cool for approximately one hour. 

And to be honest, my attempt at getting the mixture was a little tricky. My first batch off the spoon was a little runny. They should not look like this...


Some of you professionals out there might cringe at my next move, but remember I am new to the game and this recipe didn't involve my crockpot. 

Once I saw that the mixture wasn't standing up on its own off the spoon, I added some coconut to thicken it and then returned it to the heat source for another minute or so. Once I did that, the mixture did exactly as it was supposed to and ended up being the right texture as it hardened. 


Trust me, I've had no problem eating them.


Enjoy!
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