Praline au Benne

  • Yield : 24
  • Servings : 24
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 1:15 h
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  • 1 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 cup fresh roasted peanuts roasted
  • 1 cup Steen's or Cane Syrup
  • pinch of baking soda


Step 1

Roast the sesame seeds over medium heat stirring constantly until the seeds start to pop and have a light toasted flavor. Set aside. While roasting the seeds, roast the peanuts. Place the raw unshelled peanuts on a cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until they have a slightly toasted flavor. Shell the peanuts; it is ok to leave some red hulls.

Step 2

In a heavy duty aluminum pot, I like to butter the sides, cook the syrup to the hard ball stage. In the hard ball stage, the candy will roll into a hard ball which has lost all plasticity and will roll around on a plate on removal from the water. Add a pinch of soda and stir. As with most dishes when soda is added, the syrup will foam. Add the sesame seeds and peanuts and heat thoroughly, Drop by spoonful on a well-greased/buttered cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container.


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