Alice Hatfield of Austin, Texas, writes, “My great-aunt Alice made melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk pecan pralines. You ate them until you felt ill! I’d like to recreate them for my own children.” We love pralines, too, and the mild tang of buttermilk in this recipe gives these even more depth of flavor. We hope ours live up to your memories, Alice.
makes 2 dozen
hands-on time 20 minutes total time 45 min.
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda in a large heavy saucepan until blended. Add brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup.
2. Cook over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 234° (soft ball stage). Cool 10 to 12 minutes.
3. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in pecans and vanilla extract. Working rapidly, drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Let stand until firm (15 minutes).
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