Chocolate Maple Walnut Pralines

Chocolate Maple Walnut Pralines

Chocolate Maple Walnut Pralines

September 17, 2018
: 12-16 servings

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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Step 2 Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
  • Step 3 Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
  • Step 4 Heat the maple syrup in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Step 5 When the syrup begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium and allow the syrup to continue to boil and thicken for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon.
  • Step 6 Remove the very hot syrup from the heat.
  • Step 7 Immediately add the walnuts to the syrup and stir to combine.
  • Step 8 Transfer the glazed walnuts to a baking sheet with sides.
  • Step 9 Use a metal spoon to spread the walnuts evenly over one half of the baking sheet.
  • Step 10 Set aside.
  • Step 11 Place the sugar and lemon juice in a 3-quart saucepan.
  • Step 12 Stir with a whisk to combine (the sugar will resemble moist sand).
  • Step 13 Caramelize the sugar by heating for 10 to 10 1/2 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk to break up any lumps (the sugar will first turn clear as it liquefies, then light brown as it caramelizes).
  • Step 14 Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the unsweetened chocolate and stir to dissolve.
  • Step 15 Immediately and carefully pour the caramelized mixture over the walnuts, covering all the nuts.
  • Step 16 Allow hardening at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Step 17 Invert the praline onto a clean, dry cutting board (it should pop right out of the baking sheet), this will keep the shiny side looking shiny after cutting.
  • Step 18 Use a sharp serrated slicer to cut (use a sawing motion) the praline into desired size pieces.
  • Step 19 Store the pralines in a tightly sealed plastic container until ready to devour.

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