According to wikipedia, praline or pralin seems to mean different things in different places but to me, this is part of a lot of my childhood memories. Most birthday parties involved ice cream and usually had praline and chocolate sauce to top it off.
When I visited the sister last, she had a small bottle of praline stored in her fridge to top off puddings. Amma and I snacked on it and it was all gone by end of the day!
Long story short, praline is candy made with caramelized sugar and nuts of some sort. My preferred choice is cashew nuts. If you like those small nuggets Cadburys Crackle, then you will love this because its pretty much the same thing!
You can make this and store it in the fridge. Makes a yummy addition to ice cream sundaes and puddings.
Makes about 1/3 cup
3 tbsp white sugar
10 whole, plain cashew nuts
1/2 tsp unsalted butter (added for flavour, but its optional)
How I Made It:
1. Heat a dry non-stick wide pan. When hot, sprinkle the sugar over the pan. Reduce flame to lowest possible heat and wait while the sugar starts to melt and turns a light golden brown.
2. Quickly add the cashewnuts and butter and stir until the mixture turns a dark golden brown. Take care not to burn it, sugar is very easy to burn.
3. Remove from fire as soon as the colour changes to dark golden brown and the cashew nuts look roasted, tip immediately into a plate lined with parchment or butter paper and let it cool completely.
4. Once cool, it will be brittle. Break into smaller pieces and pulse in your mixer until you get the coarse praline.
Serve with ice cream, puddings, or even inside sweet crepes, mix with chocolate when you make home made chocolate, the application is up to your imagination!