I absolulety love tradional Mexican sweets, they are so delicious, full of nice and healthy things like these mouthwatering palanquetas (pralines). There are many different types of “palanquetas” in Mexico, but all are made with either seeds, nuts or dried fruit. I’m making mine with just peanuts and pumpkin seeds to give as Christmas presents to my friends.
Makes around 10 little squares of each
Cook 10 min
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 50 gr peeled and toasted peanuts
- 50 gr pumpkin seeds
- 2 medium saucepans
- 2 plastic cooking spoons
- 1 small tray
- First toast the peanuts. Heat a frying pan, once hot place the peanuts on the pan and stir from time to time to avoid burning. Toast them for around 7 min and keep aside on a bowl.
- Place one of the saucepans on medium heat and put one cup of caster sugar and let the sugar dissolved.
- Once the sugar is dissolved and has become caramel, add the 50 gr peanuts. Mix very well until all the peanuts are coated with the caramel.
- Transfer them onto the tray and flat them.
- Once cool, cut them into squares.
- Repeat the same procedure but with a clean saucepan to make the pumpkin seeds praline.
- I tent not to stir the sugar when it is melting. I just let the heat to do its job, but keep an eye on the caramel as it can burn very easily and if it burns then it tastes very bitter, so I recommend you to keep the heat medium low.
- They are delicious and you can wrap them as little Christmas present for friends and family.