The Quarantined Kitchen: July 29, 2020

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The Quarantined Kitchen shares ideas and recipes from Chef Steven Bright, Hospitality Coordinator at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, to help you stay healthy by eating well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 29, 2020: Pecan Pralines

Because of the molten sugar, this recipe can be dangerous! Be careful and enjoy!

Pecan Pralines

Makes about 2 dozen


2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup light cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cups pecan halves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a 3 – 4 quart saucepan, mix together sugar and baking soda. Add cream and place over medium-high heat. Cook, carefully whisking occasionally, until golden brown and mixture reaches 235 degrees on a candy thermometer, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully add butter, vanilla, and pecans, and mix together until butter has melted and mixture is well combined, about 1 minute. Using a tablespoon, drop mixture onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart; let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.

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Be well – eat well!

Chef Steven M. Bright

Read more from Chef Bright by exploring other entries in The Quarantined Kitchen.