Breakfast buffet: National praline day
June 24th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Laissez-les bons temps rouler - June 24 is National Praline Day!

American pralines are one of the finest sweeter-than-sugar confections to roll out of New Orleans. This Southern delicacy was originally brought to Louisiana by French settlers.

Some believe it was only improved by adding homegrown chunky pecans and rich cream to the sugar-butter candy mixture, giving it a creamy melt-in-your-mouth consistency.

A cousin to fudge, this mixture is cooked over high heat until thick, then spooned out onto wax paper to cool. Once you can put your paws on 'em, I triple dog dare you to stop devouring them - although you'll fall into a sugar coma pretty quickly anyhow.

Get a taste of the deep South by discovering your inner Scarlett O'Hara moxie and whipping up a batch of this tricky treat (the video helps). You can also make a praline topping that turns cheesecake simply divine.

One bite and a sweet Southern accent will be spillin' out of your mouth like molasses, sugah.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Ms. Grammar

    Want to take a dip into that. My sister makes the most amazing pralines. I think I need to call her and wrangle a batch out of her.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  2. Mildred

    hmmmm... *nom*

    June 24, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  3. RichardHead

    Never got a chance to try these in New Orleans but the best ones I have ever had were at El Fenix Mexican Food in Dallas,TX.

    June 24, 2011 at 9:08 am |
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