Maple Syrup Pralines


2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dark maple syrup
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup pecans or cashews, coarsely chopped


Bring sugar, syrup, and cream to a boil and continue boiling until mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer (or until a bit of syrup dropped into cold water forms a medium-firm ball). Remove from heat, let mixture cool slightly, and beat with a wooden spoon until creamy. Add flavorings and beat again until well blended. Stir in nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and allow to set before removing.


Makes 1-1/2-2 dozen.

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