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Praline recipe passes test of Austin pecan expert

December 4, 2009

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Once I stood in line in the grocery store behind a woman whose cart had a pretty ho-hum selection – except for the fourteen boxes of butterscotch pudding. I couldn’t resist asking why she was buying so many and she told me that she lived in Marble Falls and couldn’t buy them there.

What an unsatisfactory answer! Further questioning revealed that they were for a praline recipe so I scribbled it down on the back of my receipt.  I make them every year.

Pecans are plentiful only in alternate years.  The 2009 crop is expensive though not too costly for a holiday treat.


1 small box butterscotch pudding and pie mix (not the instant kind).

1 c. white sugar

½ c. brown sugar

½ c. evaporated milk (not the sweetened condensed kind)

1 stick butter

1 ½ c. pecan pieces

Boil the whole lot, stirring often, until it forms a ball when tested in a little cold water. This takes about 20 minutes.

Drop tablespoons, one at a time, onto wax paper.

Thank you, dear lady from Marble Falls!


Jane Manaster is the author of Pecans: The story in a Nutshell, available at Amazon online or locally at BookPeople in Austin.

© 2009 Jane Manaster.  All Rights Reserved.



Comments (3)

  • December 20, 2009 by Texas Descendent

    Texas Descendent

    My mother, who was born in Austin, made this recipe for pralines every year during the December holidays. We made them for teachers and friends, who always loved them. Far into adulthood I had assumed that this was a recipe passed down to her from her own mother. But about 10 years ago, my mother revealed that it actually had come from the recipe printed on a can of condensed milk.

  • December 20, 2009 by The Cookery

    The Cookery

    Texas pecans win either way! Thanks for sharing that sliver of family culinary history.

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