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.
How to make pecan pralines in the microwave?
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.
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 and burning myself on boiling sugar. I copied it down and started making them this way.
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.
Can you make pralines with different nuts?
Pecans can get expensive, so you can also make them with peanuts or almonds. Originally pralines were made with almonds. I assume since pralines are now such a Southern thing and pecan trees are so abundant (it’s the state tree here in Texas), that’s probably why pecans are more commonly used now.
Can you make pralines without nuts?
Yes you can! Do you have a tree nut allergy or a peanut allergy? I can bake with nuts, but I can’t eat them. I’m allergic to tree nuts and have a bad reaction when I’ve accidentally eaten them (my tongue swells and is painful). I’ve been experimenting for years with how to make pralines without nuts. Recently, I made a discovery and shared this recipe for nut-free pralines. They are also made in the microwave and use cereal instead of nuts.
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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.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American