Praline – The old Italian way


It is nice to have sweets sometimes that contain just the basics.

This praline will satisfy anyones urge for sweet and it only takes 5 mins to make and 5-10 mins to cool.

I am a big fan of simple Italian recipes when cooking and nobody beats the Italian’s for the simplicity of their sweets.

I generally go organic but the taste is just the same with regular ingredients.

Let me know what you think.


olive oil (for brushing)

130 grams / 4 1/2 oz caster sugar (fine sugar)

150 grams /5 oz blanched almonds, chopped (I use less sometimes to get more of a toffee taste)

15 grams / 1/2 oz unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

fresh bay leaves (optional)


Brush a marble slab or baking sheet with oil.

Melt the sugar with 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of water in a heavy based pot over a low-medium heat.

Stir in the almonds, then add the butter and lemon juice.

Lower the heat and cook until the mixture is a golden brown    (it will start to burn around the edges, this is what you want.         Just  keep stirring it in to the mixture until a golden colour is achieved)

Remove the pan from heat and pour onto baking sheet and spread out to 1cm / 1/2 inch thick.

Cut into diamond shapes with a knife and let cool and set.

Break up praline into diamonds and prior to serving rub bottoms with fresh bay leaves until scented.


One response to “Praline – The old Italian way

  1. Yummmm…I love pralines! Anything pecan really. In fact, if I could find a Penuche Fudge recipe that worked…really worked, I’d be a happy girl. Any ideas?

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