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Buttermilk Pralines

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3 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups pecan halves


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup, butter, baking soda and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage or 236 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans. Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture by hand until the mixture just starts to turn cloudy. Quickly drop the mixture in small spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet (see description). Let cool completely before serving.

Photo: Ramona King


Per piece: 96 calories (percent of calories from fat, 31), trace protein, 17 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 3 grams fat (1 gram saturated), 1 milligram cholesterol, 62 milligrams sodium.

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