Southern Comfort: sweet praline

Long hot summer afternoons…
and long hot hazy summer evenings.
Think:  Porch.
Southern Style.
…and praline sweetness.
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Anything finer?
Bourbon Pecan Praline.
Gussied up in ribbon with the check presenter…
2 cups pecan halves and pieces
3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Wax paper
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Cool completely (about 15 minutes). Meanwhile, bring brown sugar and next 4 ingredients to a boil in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 236°F (soft ball stage). Remove sugar mixture from heat.  Let sugar mixture stand until candy thermometer reaches 150°F (20 to 25 minutes). Stir in vanilla and pecans using a wooden spoon; stir constantly 1 to 2 minutes or just until mixture begins to lose its gloss. Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper; let stand until firm (10 to 15 minutes).
Or down home sweetness with this quick bread.
A coffee treat. Or tea sandwiches.
Praline Apple Bread
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples–
finely chopped, peeled (about 3/4 lb.)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes. Beat sour cream and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer
2 minutes or until blended. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured
9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped pecans; lightly press pecans into batter. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or so, until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.  Shield with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a
1-qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly;
boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, and spoon over top of bread; let cool completely (about 1 hour).
Note: To freeze, cool bread completely; wrap in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil.
Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
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