Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pecan Turtles

 So, so yummy! So, so easy! So, so many compliments!  THIS turtle wins the race hands down!!
Make these pecan turtles for your Valentine and you'll win their heart for sure.

In a large heavy stock pot, melt 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes.   Add 1 cup light corn syrup , 2+1/4 cups dark brown sugar and  1/8 teaspoon salt and cook until the sugar is melted.

When the sugar is completely disolved, gradually add 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk and cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil.

Continue boiling the sugar/milk mixture all the while, stirring frequently.  Be patient, you'll be boiling and stirring for quite awhile.  In the meantime, spread out 1-1/2 pounds of pecan halves on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.

Mmmmmmm, toasted pecans! But... I digress.


Returning our attention to the sugar/milk mixture that has been boiling away ~ When a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm-ball stage), about 16 minutes, remove the mixture from the heat and gently stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and the toasted pecans.

Drop candy by rounded tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheets and refrigerate until firm.
In a microwave-safe bowl, and on half power, melt 1 package of milk chocolate chips with
2 tablespoons shortening; stirring until smooth.  Drizzle over turtles and refrigerate again until chocolate is fully set.  Here is the finished product.  This recipe makes approximately 24 rich, buttery candy confections.

I just know you're going to LOVE these.  I hope you'll make these for your
Valentine sweetheart!  Sending you sweet hugs and kisses.  Happy Valentine's Day!