Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer Review and Praline Recipe

I’m guessing that somewhere is a bit of good ol’ Southern blood in my veins. There’s no other explanation for my absolute obsession with REAL southern food … especially pralines for which I could eat until I’m sick. Pralines are my go-to comfort food.

But, they are not the easiest candy to obtain here in the Northeast. So, I’m left to cook them up myself. I will tell you that my first several attempts at making my own pralines would have had every person below the Mason-Dixon line calling for my head. Happily, I have mastered the art of the praline. However, this could not have been accomplished sans a thermometer and I have a found a really good one that I liked to share with my readers … along with a really delicious praline recipe!

The Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by AsGuard is amazing! It’s multi-purpose, so although I tested it out on my pralines the thermometer is completely suited for all cooking needs like meats and such. It features an easy-to-read digital display, which for anyone who has struggle to “see the line” on a conventional cooking thermometer knows what a pain that can be. With an extra log probe, it’s designed to protect your fingers from getting burned and it comes with a sturdy storage case and belt clip.

Pop Culture Shock Pralines

  • 1- 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup + 2 T. Cream
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients except the pecans and vanilla in a saucepan. Mixture will be thick. Stir until it comes to a boil, and then turn heat down to a low boil. Stir occasionally and sparingly; spoon mixture up on sides of pan to melt any sugar that hasn't melted. Cook until the mixture reaches 239 degrees with a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla and the pecans. Stir until the mixture begins to thicken and becomes creamy and cloudy. Spoon onto waxed paper.

The Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by AsGuard sells for $34.95, but is currently on sale for $14.95 on Amazon!

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