These melt in your mouth. Salted praline nut clusters can be made in a microwave in less than 10 minutes and disappear even faster. Make them for movie night or just because you need some praline goodness in your life.
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of heavy cream
3 tablespoons of butter
1 1/4 cup walnut halves
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt plus extra for tops
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla or rum extract
Instructions for the 1000-watt microwave.
Place all ingredients in a deep microwave container, reserving vanilla until the end of cooking. The bowl should be deep enough to allow the mixture to boil, without overheating.
Microwave on high for 6 1/2 minutes, stopping to stir in half. The mixture will boil, so handle it carefully to avoid burning.
After 6 1/2 minutes, stop and stir, covering all the nuts. The caramel should thicken and begin to form along the sides of the bowl. If the caramel is still watery, it needs to be cooked a little more. Microwave in additional 1 minute increments, if necessary.
Let cool on the counter for 15 seconds and then stir in the vanilla.
Use a teaspoon, tablespoon, or cookie sheet to group on waxed paper with butter or a silicone baking mat.
Immediately sprinkle the lids with sea salt, if desired. Allow to cool and set.
This recipe is based on a 1000-watt microwave. If your microwave has a lower wattage, it may take longer to cook. Likewise, if your microwave has a higher wattage, it may take less time.
Another technique for testing candy: Pour a small amount into a glass of cold water. If it becomes firm and you can roll it into a ball between 2 fingers, it is ready.