Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pecan Pralines #recipe by guest author @authorrebeccadler #bookgiveaway

Please welcome our guest Rebecca Adler!

From Rebecca:

When you eat Tex-Mex as often as I do, Cinco de Mayo is your favorite Texas holiday. In the past, I’ve enjoyed sharing recipes on MLK like chiles rellenos and pecan-crusted tilapia. This time around, I wanted to share something sweet, delectable, but still distinctively Tex-Mex, like Pecan Pralines.
Yes, Texas leads the U.S. in commercial pecan production, but there’s so many other great reasons to love pecans.
Pecans are…
-       Good for your heart!
-       Lower your cholesterol!
-       High in antioxidants!
-       Nutrient dense!
Enough of all that healthy stuff. Let’s get to the candy!

Pecan Pralines

Makes 20 pralines
Prep time: 5 minutes. Inactive: 10 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes
2 cups white sugar
4 cups pecans (I broke mine into chunks.)
2 cups light-brown sugar
1 heaping tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
⅔ cup whole milk
6 tablespoons light corn syrup

Stir together all ingredients in a large saucepan. Be sure to stir well. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until mixture reaches 234 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (Candy may resemble a softball at this stage.)

Remove mixture from heat and stir 2 minutes, or until the mixture loses some of its shininess. Quickly spoon candy onto trays lined with wax or parchment paper. Let candy cool for about 20 minutes.

Rebecca is giving away one copy of Cinco De Murder to someone who comments below! (Continental USA only please)

Spicy Murders with a Tex-Mex Flavor!

Book 3 in The Taste of Texas Mysteries
Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.

It's fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her spunky Chihuahua Lenny are polishing their folklórico dances for Saturday's big parade, while Uncle Eddie is adding his own spicy event to the fiesta menu: Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off.

But Uncle Eddie's hopes of impressing the town council go up in smoke when cantankerous chili cook Lucky Straw is found dead in his tent. And when Josie's beloved uncle is accused of fatal negligence, she, Lenny, and the steadfast Detective Lightfoot must uncover who ended the ambitious chilihead's life--before another cook kicks the bucket.

Book 2 in The Taste of Texas Mysteries
Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.

Book 1 in The Taste of Texas Mysteries
In this all-new culinary cozy mystery series, reporter turned Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan is about to go from serving queso to solving cases…

Where to find Rebecca:
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About Rebecca:

Rebecca Adler grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and hightailed it to the Southwest.
She's currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing the Taste of Texas culinary mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. Set in far West Texas, her humorous stories are filled with delicious suspense and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Her alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson, writes contemporary romance with a sweet, Southern-fried flavor. 
A former president of North Texas Romance Writers, Rebecca is currently a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she spends a great deal of time on her other favorite pastime, corralling high school Thespians.