This is a semi homemade Pralines and Cream. It's summer and standing over a hot stove is not appealing so limiting the time spent cooking is my goal here. The only cooking time is making the pralines. I used vanilla cream and dulce de leche. The fudge sauce is made in the microwave. The pralines are adapted from a recipe by Emeril Lagasse. —sdebrango
6-8 depending on serving size
kahlua or your favorite liquor (optional)
Fudge Sauce: heat cream to scalding in the microwave approx 30-40 seconds, add the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir so it's smooth and creamy, add the optional liquor. Cover and refrigerate or set aside.
Pralines and ice cream
Pralines: Bring sugars, cream, butter, vanilla bean seeds and water to a boil, continue cooking stirring constantly until it reaches approximately 240 degree's or the soft ball stage. Add the pecans take off the heat and continue stirring over an ice bath. When it's thick spoon onto a buttered parchment lined sheet pan and let cool. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. The consistency is like fudge.
Ice Cream:Let your ice cream soften, scoop half of it into a freezer container, crumble on some of the pralines and drizzle with dulce de leche or caramel, spoon the rest of the ice cream on top and repeat with the pralines and caramel. Using a butter knife swirl the ingredients into the ice cream and place in the freezer to harden.
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking,
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando.
I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.