Pecan Praline

A number of years ago I came up with this topping for — well, just about anything that likes a praline topping.  But I first used it to top a plain pumpkin cheesecake that I bought at Trader Joe’s and took to our gourmet group for my contribution.  When one of our friends called down the table for  the recipe, I had to confess. It’s excellent on sweet potatoes or brownies or bread pudding, even oatmeal.

Pecan Praline

3/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
4-1/2  Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 -1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 325 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with foil.

Stir sugar and butter in a heavy sauce pan till it boils.  Continue to boil one minute — NOT stirring.  Add pecans and salt. Spread on foil and bake 8 minutes — till bubbling heavily.

Remove, cool and separate.

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