Sunday, June 24, 2012
Pecan Pralines have a rich history which dates back some 400 years.
Pralines are believed to be the invention of a French chef in service to a Count whose family name was du Plessis-Praslin (hence the anglicization of Praline) in New Orleans. Other U.S. states or cities have attempted to claim ownership, but the recipe originated in a New Orleans kitchen. For the fascinating, action-packed, story see the Southern Candymakers website.
Sunday June 24 is National Praline Day, but any day is a good day to devour these sweet treats.
At Beck's Cajun Cafe in Reading Terminal Market, Chef Bill likes to cook up a batch around the major holidays and Feast Days.
Beck's Pralines taste and smell just as good as they look in food photographer Albert Yee's gourmet photographs :)
Bill is a devotee of the famous New Orleans chef, John Besh so we're sharing Besh's easy cook recipe here. (Note: this recipe appeared on Elle Decor's website.)