Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged BarleywineThis Southern dessert is great served by itself, alone, or used an an extra ingredient to other dessert recipes. Using other flavors to enhance the flavor of the pecan nut increases the complexity and enhances this confection to another level. Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine adds a rich malty undertone with the benefit of layers of flavor from being bourbon barrel aged. The use of medium to heavy toasted oak barrels, adds an incredible vanilla element, along with the wonderful sultriness of a barleywine to this classic staple.

Brown sugar adds an nice almost butterscotch element, while evaporated milk brings a creamy mouthfeel, that when combined with a Barleywine, either an English Style Barleywine or American Style Barleywine, blends all the flavors together with the deep flavors of the pecan. This dessert dates back to the 1750’s, originally created in Louisiana. This candies heritage links to a brittle, first being made with almonds. As this type of nut was imported, it was easy to see how the native pecan trees became used to craft these Pecan Praline treats. Using a bold, historic beer style made since to me, when I created this Beer Cuisine | Cooking with Beer adaptation, highlighting the Barleywine beer style.

Tips to make the best Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine:

For equipment, using a thick bottomed pot will help maintain an even heat, preventing scorching while the caramel is formed. Besides lots of stirring, using an instant read Thermometer is also key to the success of this recipe.  Once the beer caramel reaches the soft ball stage (in candy making 238°F | 114°C) the optimal chewy texture will be created, to coat the pecan nut, wrapping them in a bourbon scented beer caramel and placed onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, wax paper or my personal favorite and reusable Silpat® silicone liner.

Try these Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine at a beer tasting, crush them up and add to a crumble or mixing them into ice cream | cheesecake | cake layer or using it as a Southern sundae topping. Store the pecan praline in an airtight container and they will last for several weeks.

Serves: 6–8 servings

Makes: a little over 2 cups

Suggested Beer Pairing: Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Blend 

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

 

Adapted from BeerAdvocate Magazine: Cuisine à la Bière | Jul 2011 | Issue #54

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A cooking with beer version of Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine, combines the rich oak layered high alcohol Barleywine beer style into these Southern confections.
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6-8 guests 5 minute
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10 minute
Servings Prep Time
6-8 guests 5 minute
Cook Time
10 minute
Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine 200
Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine
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A cooking with beer version of Pecan Praline with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine, combines the rich oak layered high alcohol Barleywine beer style into these Southern confections.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 guests 5 minute
Cook Time
10 minute
Servings Prep Time
6-8 guests 5 minute
Cook Time
10 minute
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Instructions
  • Combine the two sugars, Barleywine beer and evaporated milk in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugars; bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture reaches soft-ball consistency, 238°F | 114°C.
  • Remove the pan from heat, stirring in pecans, bourbon, butter and healthy pinch of salt. Using a tablespoon, immediately drop tablespoon-size mounds onto wax paper or a Silpat-lined sheet tray.
  • Let cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container until ready to serve.
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