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Buttermilk Pralines


2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/2 cup pecan halves


Combine sugar, baking soda, salt and buttermilk in heavy 5 quart Dutch oven. Cook over high heat to 210 degrees on candy thermometer, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently, scraping sides and bottom of pan. Add butter and pecans. Cook, stirring constantly, to very soft ball stage. 230 degrees on candy thermometer. Remove from heat; cool 2 minutes. Beat until thickened and
creamy. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper.

Makes 15.