NATIONAL PRALINES DAY
On June 24th, National Pralines Day honors a confection made from nuts (whether in whole pieces or ground) and sugar syrup. Pralines may also refer to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder of nuts.
Around the world, candy makers create their pralines a little differently.
- Belgian Pralines – contain a hard chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid, filling.
- French Pralines – a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.
- American Pralines – contain milk or cream and are softer and creamier, resembling fudge.
At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.
The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cakes, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as chocolat praliné.
The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus creating what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPralinesDay
Whether you’re a candy maker or not, you can celebrate the day. We have a recipe for you to try from All Recipes.com. We enjoy this Louisiana tradition so much we found another recipe for pralines for you to try. Or, step away from the kitchen and head to the nearest confectionery. Pick out some pralines to take home or to share with others. Use #NationalPralinesDay on social media.
NATIONAL PRALINES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this nutty holiday.
NATIONAL PARCHMENT DAY
At the end of June each year, National Parchment Day brings innovation and convenience back to the kitchen.
While adding convenience, parchment also infuses flavor, locks in moisture, and preserves vital nutrients. It has also long been a part of the traditional French kitchen. Ever versatile, parchment easily transitions from skillet to oven and from the grill to the table. Its ability to be elegant as well as useful makes it one of the more effective tools in the kitchen.
en papillote: a cooking style where the food is wrapped in paper
Cooking en papillote enhances natural flavors, without synthetic sprays and high-fat oils. Culinary parchment also simplifies preparation and clean-up and is a much healthier and environmentally friendlier alternative to traditional cooking techniques. The French have cooked with parchment for centuries, perfecting taste and texture in every dish. It has long-served as the secret to preparing wholesome, healthy meals.
With all these added benefits, how could you ignore what parchment brings to the kitchen and the table? A variety of parchment products make composing delicious meals in the home kitchen a culinary success.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParchmentDay
Turn your kitchen into a parchment test kitchen. If you’ve never cooked with parchment, we also have 13 Ways to Celebrate with Parchment in Your Kitchen to get you started. Share your delicious results by using #NationalParchmentDay on social media.
NATIONAL PARCHMENT DAY HISTORY
PaperChef founded National Parchment Day in 2016. With local food movements on the rise, PaperChef is encouraging all culinary enthusiasts – from professional chefs to home cooks – to explore foods that mirror the “farm to fork movement.” The movement offers North Americans viable alternatives to their popular but non-compostable and non-recyclable counterparts, refusing to compromise on quality and integrity by manufacturing items that won’t live in landfills for centuries.
On June 20, 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on the last Wednesday in June, annually.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total Prep: 22 minutes
2 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until light yellow and they increase in volume. Whisk in cornstarch and 1 cup of milk. When the mixture is smooth, set aside.
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa, salt, remaining 1 cup of milk just to a simmer over medium-high heat while whisking.
Remove from the heat.
Add small amounts of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
Once both mixtures have been combined, pour back into the saucepan and heat over medium-high while whisking constantly.
Bring to a full boil.
Reduce to a simmer and continue to whisk until the pudding thickens.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allowing it to come into complete contact with the pudding’s surface.
Chill for one to two hours.
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