My grandmother always made these buttermilk pralines, especially at Christmas. I continue to make them every year because it wouldn’t feel like the holidays without Mamaw’s Candy.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups pecans
1 1/2 tablespoon butter
First, set up a long sheet of parchment or wax paper on a counter or table to place the candies on to cool and harden. You may also want to put a potholder down to set the hot pot on, if you do not want to place it directly on your counter top. The pralines come together quickly at the end and you will need to work fast so I find setting up your station first is crucial.
Select a large saucepan, these candies boil up significantly!
Combine the sugar, buttermilk, baking soda and corn syrup in the pot. Stir and place over medium-low heat. Bring the mixture to soft ball stage or about 240° on a candy thermometer stirring constantly. The mixture will brown and bubble.
Once if reaches soft ball stage add the pecans, vanilla, and butter.
Remove from heat and stir vigorously until glossy and it starts to become thick. Quickly spoon onto wax or parchment paper. Let harden completely before removing from paper.
Note: if it hardens before you can spoon it out return it to heat for a few minutes until spoon-able.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!! and happy candy making!