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Praline Cream

Yield Makes 4 cups


  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Stir together 1 cup sugar and lemon juice in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat, and cook, tilting pan to melt sugar evenly and stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and turns a light golden color. Stir in butter.

  2. Whisk together remaining 1 cup sugar, egg yolks, milk, and flour in a heavy saucepan; bring just to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly.

  3. Add sugar mixture to milk mixture immediately, and cook, whisking constantly, for 5 to 7 minutes or until it has a pudding-like thickness. Stir in pecans. Cover, placing plastic wrap directly on filling, and chill 8 hours.