A couple of days ago, my friend Faye came over to show me how to make homemade pralines. This sweet treat is a constant in her home during the holidays. Much like I feel that it’s not Christmas until I’ve made banket, in Faye’s home it’s not really Christmas until the pecan pralines have been made. Faye generously shared her grandmother’s recipe and I share it with you!
- 3 c. sugar
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/8 t. salt
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 3/4 c. light corn syrup
- 2 T. butter
- 2 c. pecan halves
In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, soda, and salt. Stir in buttermilk and corn syrup. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until the mixture reaches 234° (soft ball stage.)
Remove from heat and add butter. Stir in pecans and continue to stir vigorously for another 5 minutes. The mixture should be thick enough to drop from a tablespoon onto waxed paper. Work quickly because the mixture will become too stiff to work with quite fast.
Try to keep the rest of the family from eating them all at once. I can completely see how the taste of these goodies have become the taste of Christmas for Faye and her family!