Hazelnut Pralines

Hazelnut (or Cobnut) Pralines is an extremely quick and relatively easy recipe, it's basically just caramel with nuts in it. However, it requires patience as it is very easy to burn the ingredients or create a lumpy end result. But with a little practice, this can turn into a 10-minute wonder of your kitchen.

Ingredients (about 30 pieces)

225g white sugar
175g brown sugar
150ml condensed milk
1/2 tsp salt
60g butter
1 tsp vanilla extract (a little less or more to suit your taste)
150g roughly chopped hazelnuts


These are my cobnuts, also known as the common hazel. Just peel off their small leaves and crack open to reveal the edible kernel.
If you can't find the fresh nuts, use packet nuts, but watch out for added salt. If you use these, do not add the additional salt listed in the ingredients.
Roughly break them up in a pestle and mortar for a chunky texture. Or if you prefer a smoother finish, blitz them in a machine to your desired consistency.
Combine the white and brown sugars and the condensed milk in a heavy-bottomed pan and bring gently to the boil.
If you have a "candy thermometer", test the mixture and look for a temperature of 120ºC. At this temperature, the mixture is at "soft ball" stage. A small amount of mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft, flexible ball, but flattens on its own without squeezing after a few seconds in your hand. When at this stage, remove from the heat and throw in the butter, nuts and vanilla. Stir thoroughly to combine.
Now spoon the mixture onto greaseproof paper and leave your delicious pralines to cool before enjoying!