Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Nancy’s Kitchen: Polly’s Pralines

It is strange how changing one letter in a word can make a complete difference in the meaning of that word.. I will explain.

The Belle Park Baptist Church of Haughton, that my daughter, Carol Farley attends had a recent benefit to raise money for their youth director suffering from Pancreatic Cancer.

One of Carol's responsibility was providing the advertising for the event. She submitted a notice in the Minden Press-Herald's "Around Town" Community column.

The notice told of all the activities that would be provided such as various local Christian singing groups entertaining throughout the day, a silent cake auction, a balloon slide for the children, various craft items for sale, etc.

Now you must understand this is a Baptist Church. Instead of concessions being listed as one of the offerings, one letter was changed causing it to read confessions. This ran for a couple of days until the newspaper was advised of their mistake and corrected it. The congregation enjoyed a good laugh from that error.

I attended the benefit and won a silent bid on Pralines. Each praline was individually wrapped and was then beautifully packaged together.

I shared a few with others and then I rationed the remainder for myself to one a day until they were all eaten. They were so good! I wish I knew who made them and had that recipe.

I do have a "simplified" version KEEPER recipe for Pralines given to me by a Bridge City friend, Polly Hartman.

Polly first gave me a gift of the Pralines and when I asked her for the recipe, she willingly shared it. Now I am pleased to be sharing it with you. I like that no candy thermometer is needed.


1 pkg. butterscotch pudding (NOT INSTANT)
1 cup sugar
One-half cup brown sugar, packed
One-half cup Pet evaporated milk
1 Tbsp. margarine (I would use butter)
1 & one-half cup chopped pecans
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Mix everything but the pecans and cook over medium heat; after margarine dissolves, add pecans.

Bring to a full rolling boil; cook for 1 one-half minutes.

Remove from heat and beat until thick; drop by the spoonful onto wax paper (I would probably use parchment paper or No-Stick Foil).

The recipe did not call for it but I suggest using 1 tsp. of vanilla extract.






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