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Praline

Praline

Praline is a preparation of caramelized nuts (in this case almonds), with a very characteristic flavour. Either crushed or as a paste, it is used to fill or flavour all manner of things like creams, chocolates, biscuits, etc.

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Last modified on: August 3rd 2012

For 500 g, you will need:

Change for: 250 g 500 g 1 kg 1 kg 500 g

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
25 min.10 min.20 min.55 min.
Preservation: Several weeks in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Praline : Photo of step #1Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).

Spread out 250 g whole almonds on a baking sheet, and put in the oven to dry roast for 5 to 10 minutes.
10 min.
2 Praline : Photo of step #2Meanwhile heat 250 g caster sugar and 4 tablespoons water in a pan over high heat and bring to 120°C (250°F), the soft ball stage (an electronic thermometer is very useful here). 10 min.
3 Praline : Photo of step #3Once this temperature is reached, remove the almonds from the oven and tip striaght into the sugar. 1 min.
4 Praline : Photo of step #4Stir with a wooden spatula. After a few seconds the mixture should become grainy.

If this does not happen immediately it is because the sugar has not reached 120°C (250°F) yet. Don't worry, just keep stirring for a while longer until the change occurs.
2 min.
5 Praline : Photo of step #5Turn down the heat to medium, and continue stirring the almonds non-stop...
6 Praline : Photo of step #6... until the sugar caramelizes and the almonds are all coated with dark caramel. 15 min.
7 Praline : Photo of step #7Then tip out the contents of the pan onto a sheet of cooking parchment or onto a silicon mat.

Leave to cool.
10 min.
8 Praline : Photo of step #8Crush into small pieces and put in the blender. 3 min.
9 Praline : Photo of step #9Blend until obtaining a powder (a few seconds), if this is what you require. 1 min.
10 Praline : Photo of step #10If you need praline paste, continue blending and the mixture will transform itself into a paste. 3 min.
11 Praline : Photo of step #11Both kinds of praline should be kept in airtight jars, the paste refrigerated and the powder at room temperature.

Remarks

In this recipe for almond praline, it's important to keep the almonds in their skins to retain their full flavour. It's also possible to make hazelnut praline, but for this the skins should be removed as they add nothing.

Praline is named after Maréchal de Choiseul du Plessis-Praslin, an ambassador under Louis XIII, who asked his cook to invent a sweet for him. The cook came up with the idea of coating almonds in caramel, or "praline". These caramalized nuts, when crushed, give us the praline filling for chocolates.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
258550 gr293 gr135 gr
129 %19 %28 %20 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
4629 gr52 gr24 gr
23 %3 %5 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 500 g : 3.45 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Recipes which use it: 3

Paris-Brest
Paris-Brest
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Praline rochers
Succès praliné (praline meringue)
Succès praliné (praline meringue)
Source: After Gaston Lenôtre.
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