These Sea Salted Praline Pecan Clusters are made in the microwave making them the quickest way to get your praline sweet fix in a snap. Premium pecan halves are cooked with butter, both granulated and brown sugars and a little cream then finished with a sprinkle of sea salt. The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the praline pecan clusters to set before theyre ready to eat. Invite a few friends over and watch these goodies disappear.
|Packed light brown sugar||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Granulated sugar||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Heavy cream||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Pecans||1 1/4 Cup (20 tbs) , halves|
|Rum extract||1 Teaspoon|
1. Place all of the ingredients into a microwave bowl, reserving the vanilla until the end of cooking. [Don't substitute milk for the heavy cream, use the real thing. ]
2. The bowl should be deep enough to allow the mixture to boil, without boiling over.
3. Cook in the microwave on high for 6 1/2 minutes, stopping to stir halfway through.
4. The mixture will boil, so handle with care to avoid burning.
5. After 6 1/2 minutes, stir well coating all of the pecans, then remove from the microwave.
6. The caramel should be thickened and beginning to form along the sides of the bowl. If the caramel is still runny, don't panic, it just needs to cook a bit longer.
7. Microwave additional 1-minute increments. [This recipe is based on a 1000 Watt microwave. If your microwave has a lower wattage it may take longer to cook. Likewise, if the microwave has a higher wattage, less cooking time.]
8. Allow cooling on the counter for 15 seconds.
9. Mix in the vanilla and stir well.
10. Use a teaspoon, tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to scoop onto buttered wax paper or a Silpat.
11. Immediately sprinkle the tops with sea salt.
12. Cool completely.
13. Serve and enjoy!
Another technique to test the caramel: Drop a small amount into a glass of cold water. If it becomes firm and you can roll it into a ball between 2 fingers, it's ready.