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Buttermilk Pralines

2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon butter (not margarine)
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, buttermilk and baking soda in a large heavy duty saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer comes to 210 degrees.

Add the butter and pecans, stirring well. Cook until thermometer gets to 230 degrees.

Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon 5-8 minutes or until mixture looses its gloss and begins to sets.
Working quickly, drop by teaspoon onto foil or wax paper lined baking sheets. Cool. You should get about a 1 1/2 of pralines.

Comment: These are sweet, yummy, melt in your mouth delightful pralines.
Sherrill in San Antonio

* Powdered buttermilk does not have to be mixed separately. I just add the powder with my flour and the water with the my other liquids and let it mix in the batter.
Nancy Rogers