Years ago, I received this candy recipe from a dear friend in Texas. The creamy texture and sumptuous sweetness has earned me rave reviews each time I've made it.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, buttermilk and baking soda. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 210°.
- Stir in butter and pecans; cook until thermometer reads 230°. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture loses its gloss and begins to set, about 8 minutes. Quickly drop by teaspoonfuls onto foil-lined baking sheets. Cool. Yield: 1-1/2 pounds.
Originally published as Buttermilk Pralines in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p38
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