March 10, 2010

Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pralines

Sometimes, you just gotta have some chocolate. I know I’m not alone in this. I mean, they wouldn’t have created the term “chocoholic” if there weren’t a lot of us around with that intense, gotta-have-some, deep-down desire for chocolate. Good thing there is a chocolate for every type of chocolate craving. Sometimes, I crave a pure, dark chocolate – with its bitter, complex flavor, and just enough smoothness, so that I can enjoy a single piece, close my eyes, and enter pure chocolate bliss. A nice bar of Valrhona or Scharffen Berger will do the trick. But other times, I prefer a sweeter treat – something with a variety of textures and flavors – including nuts, fruits, and milk chocolate, rather than dark. However, a Snickers bar just won’t cut it. That’s where these come in.

Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pralines. First, let me explain to you – pecan pralines are one of my favorite candies. Sweet and buttery, with one of the best nuts known to man, a good pecan praline can cause my eyes to roll back and my knees to go weak. So when I came across a recipe at Homesick Texan that combined Mexican chocolate with a pecan praline? It just about blew my mind. Lisa has a knack for causing me to become giddy with excitement over a lot of her recipes, but these definitely were at the top of the list.

I’ve made them twice so far, following her recipe exactly both times. I can’t think of a thing to change. She discusses adding bacon in them, and while this sounds like it’s worth a try, I am happy with these as written. They’re perfect. The cinnamon and that bit of cayenne add a touch of heat that warms the back of your throat. The orange zest brightens the pralines, keeping them from being too rich or heavy. The texture is still very much like a praline – just slightly soft when you bite into them. While I am fully anticipating making a batch or two of these at Christmas, I don’t suggest waiting until then. These are too good to relegate just to the holidays!

As I haven’t modified Lisa’s recipe at all, rather than writing it out here, I’ll just send you her way. While you’re there, check out her other delicious creations. If you haven’t experienced all of the wonderful culinary creations that are Texas, she can definitely lead you on the right path!

29 Responses to “Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pralines”

  1. These look awesome! Sweet chocolaty deliciousness…yum!

  2. Awesome! Esp. for me….a big nut fan!

  3. Mexican chocolate and nuts definitely works for me; these look dangerously good!

  4. WOW! These look incredible!

  5. Yes!!! Bookmarked!!!! *drool* I seriously need a chocolate fix.

  6. I’m so happy you like the recipe! And I fully support not waiting until Christmas to make and share these with friends and family.

  7. These are a MUST HAVE!!!! And, this is your best food shot ever! Love the depth of field!

  8. Oh those are so tempting! hmmm I am into a chocolate mood lately and those would be very welcome, beautiful!

  9. This is a fantastic recipe! Absolutely love it!

  10. Oh cool … I love NOLA style pralines, I bet this is off the hook.

  11. Oh, those look fabulous! Took a quick peek at the recipe … a gfe one IMHO. :-) Thanks so much for pointing us to this recipe and Lisa, Alta. I’ll definitely make these in the future.

    Now … should I confess that I’m eating a chocolatey treat for breakfast. It contains dark chocolate, nuts, and oatmeal … that all makes it a more reasonable indulgence, right? ;-)

    Shirley

  12. oh, awesome sweet treat with chocolate and nuts. i’m so into this combination lately. sounds perfect.

  13. I always have Mexican chocolate in my pantry. Many years ago, we visited the area of Mexico around Oaxaca, and found ourselves in a small village that had a grindery. They ground all sorts of things for the people in the village, but one was chocolate, which is ground together with sugar and cinnamon. You could smell the chocolate in the air; it was intoxicating.

  14. Super decadent treat! I still have some Mexican chocolate and would love to make these this weekend!

  15. You’re definitely not alone. I bought some chocolate chips just yesterday…hmm…should I have admitted that?

  16. Looks delicious and addictive! I don’t think I can stop eating once I start.

  17. Delicious! My family would devour these.

  18. Nuts and Mexican chocolate=perfect! I could use one right now!

  19. Making these tomorrow…..cause I have pecans and mexican chocolate and I wanted to make something from ‘Mexico’ for Foodalogue’s culinary tour (even though it’s past….). They look so so so good!

  20. Oh my! I am so intrigued by these. I’ve never baked with cayenne, must put that on my to-do list.

  21. Wow! These chocolate pecan pralines look wonderfully decadent and satisfying. I adore Homesick Texan too!

  22. These sound decadently good! I’ll bet they would be great sprinkled over ice cream.

  23. Fine chocolate goes a long way. These look wonderful!

  24. I like chocolate, but I”m not a huge fan, so I’ve never heard of Mexican chocolate. I’m with you though, I love pecan pralines. I’m sure it’s great with chocolate.

  25. I really need to make these. Pecans are my all time favorite nut too. I love them especially with dates and old white cheddar. Thanks for directing me to this heavenly treat.

  26. Owh! How good it is to talk about my favorite peanut. It’s amazing that more and more people liking it. So let’s get the ball rolling.

    Cool!

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  28. I notice that the recipe isn’t dairy free. Have you used dairy free replacements for the butter and milk without any issues? Would love to be able to enjoy pralines again.

    • Kim – I made this recipe before I went dairy-free. I haven’t tried it since then; but maybe I need to put that on my list. I have found that vegan butter works as a replacement in most things, including candy, and coconut milk is a great substitute for milk, so I have a feeling those substitutes would work. If you want to get to experimenting before I do, you might try that. Let me know how it goes if you do!

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