I seem to be on a “what can I make in the microwave” kick. I do use my microwave a lot, especially when cooking. It’s a great way to cut cooking times. This time around I’m sharing with you a fun little recipe — Pralines in the Microwave! I don’t know if they are as popular everywhere else as they are down here in Texas (and Louisiana), but you can find them at just about any Mexican restaurant here. I love to give them wrapped up as gifts. They are a great gift to give to someone like teachers or in a basket of goodies.
I learned to make these long ago from Heloise. Have you ever read her newspaper column? I’ve been reading it since I was a teenage girl. She and her readers can tell you how to make all kinds of recipes or clean all kinds of things. If you have a stain somewhere chances are you can find how to get rid of it from Heloise.
Back to the pralines. Years ago in a Heloise column when I was a teenager, a reader asked for her recipe to make microwaveable pralines. I thought that was a great idea. I hate sitting there with a candy thermometer and stirring constantly for what feels like hours. So, I copied it down and have saved it for years and years.
This recipe is one of my brother’s guilty pleasures, so every few years I break it out and make him a few. Anybody who eats them always has raving reviews.
A super easy pecan praline recipe to make in the microwave!
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tbs butter
- 6 oz chopped pecans
- Combine brown sugar, whipping cream, and butter in a large microwave safe bowl and mix until combined.
- Lay out sheets of wax paper to hold about a dozen pralines.
- Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and stir in chopped pecans.
- Microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Stir and check to see if consistency has thickened to something like caramel sauce. If it's still runny, continue microwaving for 3 minutes at a time, stirring and checking consistency.
- Let it cool for a minute or two, then spoon out each praline to be about 3 inches wide. I like to use a whoopie pie pan covered in wax paper.
- Work quickly as it will harden fast.
- Let cool for about an hour, then remove from wax paper and wrap in plastic wrap.
These are such fun to make, and you can whip them out in just a few minutes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!