“Les Pralines Roses” are a special French confection from Lyon consisting of roasted almonds that have been coated in a pink sugar and panned. They are a close relative of the Jordan Almonds we are familiar here with in the States, yet with their bumpy and knotty texture, they are not nearly as smooth and sophisticated looking.
We became familiar with les pralines roses while working at The Fat Duck, where Jocky and the gang of chefs were inspired by Les frères Troisgros’ usage of these popular pink confections in their Michelin starred pastries. There are many interesting ways to incorporate les pralines roses into French pastries – including brioche, meringues, macarons, ganaches and of course, crushing them and using their poppin’ pink color for garnish. We are keeping the tradition alive by creating our own versions of les pralines roses, as well as pastries that are inspired by their flavor and color.