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Mexican Soft Pralines (Dulces con Nueces)

Pecans are a large crop both in Arizona and New Mexico.

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup half-and-half

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 tablespoons dark rum

1 cup pecans, chopped

Method

Butter a cookie sheet. Place all ingredients in a small stainless steel pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Cook gently until the mixture thickens enough so that a spoonful dropped on the buttered sheet holds together, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Using a large spoon, drop mounds of the candy onto the sheet and allow to cool. If the candy does not harden sufficiently, refrigerate it for 2 hours.

Yield: 8 pralines

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