Deez Plarines (Pralines)

Deez Plarines (Pralines)

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The Big Easy is primarily known for savory fare. So you may be surprised to learn that one of the most cherished items prepared in many New Orleanian homes is a candy. Pralines (known colloquially as pecan candy or plarines) are made from simple ingredients: milk, butter, sugar, and and nearly always pecans. The list is so short and the result so delicious it makes one wonder why everyone doesn't make them. The answer is simple - they are extraordinarily cumbersome to make. In the realm of Louisiana cooking, the only rite of passage more likely to strike fear into the heart is learning to make a dry roux.

Deez Plarines contain pecans because she likes them like that. They are the perfect pairing for a good cup of coffee, a freshly sliced apple, or a bit of brown liquor.

Note: We have opted for the "l before r" version of the name because it is the one used most widely by Black New Orleanians from the 9th ward, the neighborhood in which both of Dee's parents were reared.