Buttermilk Pecan Pralines

Course : Candy
Serves: 44 to 48 Pralines
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3 cups sugar
1 dash salt
3/4 cup white corn syrup
2 cups pecan halves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter

Preparation / Directions:

In a large saucepan, (5 or 6 Quart size) combine sugar, baking soda, salt, buttermilk and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, continue cooking until mixture becomes caramel-colored and reaches soft ball stage (238 degrees). Remove from heat, add butter and pecan halves. Beat until thick enough to drop from a spoon onto waxed paper. If mixture becomes too hard, return to heat and add small amount of water. Stir until smooth. *** Variation *** Reduce sugar to 2 cups. Omit corn syrup. Increase butter to 3/4 cup, add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Include butter in cooking stage. Add vanilla with pecans.

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