Buttermilk Pralines

 This recipe has been passed around our family for generations. It is our favorite creole candy and ...

 This recipe has been passed around our family for generations. It is our favorite creole candy and the technique below ensues a well made praline.

Buttermilk Pralines 
makes about 25

2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups broken or chopped pecans
    Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan, combine brown sugar and buttermilk. Cook over medium high heat to boiling point stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take 6 to 8 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer into mixture. Reduce heat to medium low and cook stirring occasionally until thermometer registers 234 degree, softball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over entire surface. Reaching softball stage should take 20 to 25 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat. 

    Add the 2 tablespoons butter but do not stir. Let cool without stirring to 150 degree. This should take about 30 minutes. 

    Remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Immediately stir in pecans and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until candy is just beginning to thicken but is still glossy. This should take 3 to 4 minutes. 

    Quickly drop the candy from a teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. If the candy becomes too stiff to drop easily from the soon, stir in a few drops of hot water. Store tightly covered after pralines are firm. 

    Brown Sugar Pralines - Prepare Pralines as directed above, except substitute 1-cup light cream for the buttermilk.

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    1. mmmmmm so delicious my goodness just the sound of these are amazing I can just taste that praline ....love this southern home cookin!

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    2. yummy love the pralines! haven't made them for quite some time, you have inspired me to change that quickly!

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    3. These must be very addictive! I don't think I can stop at one. Bet it taste great too crushed over ice cream. This will beat all winter blues I'm sure :D

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    4. Okay . . . this looks like a treat I can handle making. Dessert and treat making isn't my strength, but I can do this. Good thing! Now I'll have something to contribute at our mother/daughter Christmas cookie making day!

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    5. I would make these for the holidays in a heartbeat, thanks for sharing your family recipe. I also like the coconut washboard cookies, another fun one for the holidays. Take care and have a nice Sunday:)

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    6. I agree with the comment about ice cream. Where are pralines when I need them? (now:) Sounds so good.

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    7. Love your buttermilk praline recipe! Mine is pretty much identical and makes the best, richest pralines ever. Just made some last weekend.

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    8. My mouth is watering and you have inspired me to make a batch of these! Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing, cher! I'm also loving the Coconut-Pineapple Cream Cake on the linked-within gadget! lol I hope your wife realizes how lucky she is!

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    9. love your pralines, love the idea of crushed over ice cream...but I would crush pralines and coconut washborads over my ice cream!!...yum!!
      sweetlife

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