Sweet Praline Bites covered in Chocolate

March 31, 2012

I love bite size food.

Anything really.

I just find it so cute and for some reason, I don’t feel as guilty eating them!

Cute. Mini. Bite Size Goodies. I mean, what’s to hate about that right?

I made these little delicious goodies two nights ago and it literally took me 12 minutes to make them!

Make them for work, for a party or for your kids, but make them!!

Do you have 12 minutes to spare?

Not even for theses?

pralines

ya that’s what I thought….get bakin’!

Recipe based and altered from:http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/01/pecan-and-chocolate-pralines

  • Course: Dessert
  • Servings: 12
  • Prep. time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of pecans, halved (plus about 12 to garnish)
  • 1/2 Cup of walnuts, in big enough pieces but not whole
  • 1/2 Cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of heavy cream
  • 1 Teaspoon of hazelnut or vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 Cup of melted semi-sweet chocolate

Cooking instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small microwavable bowl, put your chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) and microwave for 10 seconds at a time, mixing between each time, until the chocolate is completely melted. Set the chocolate aside.
  3. In a deep pan, put your 1/2 cup fo pecans and 1/2 cup of walnuts, both sugars, cream, butter and extract and mix it a bit to blend the ingredients. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of your pan. Bring to a boil on medium high heat and swirl the pot from time to time but do not mix with spoon. Let the mixture boil until the thermometer shows 236 degrees (this will take about 6 minutes or so, maybe less).
  4. Remove the pan for the heat and with a wooden spoon, mix vigorously for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and the nuts are suspended in the mixture. The mixture should not be liquidy. Fill heaping spoons with the mixture and drop them on the parchment paper. Take the melted chocolate and drop a dollop on each bite. If you have fleur de sel, drop a few grains on each bite. Place a pecan (the ones you kept aside to garnish) on each of the bites. Chill for about 30 minutes or until they are set.
  5. You can freeze them in an air tight container.
  6. Enjoy!