Southern Pralines

Prep Time : 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes to cool
Serves : 12

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter

2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

In a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and buttermilk.  Stir until smooth.

Stir in the butter until melted.

Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture and without stirring, bring the temperature to 238°F.

Remove the pan from the hear and stir, adding the pecans in small batches and beating briskly with a spoon for 1 minute after each addition.

Drop spoonfuls of the praline mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Cut each praline to 2 inches in diameter- you can use a cookie cuter to make them uniform.

Let the pralines sit until hardened and cool, about 20 minutes.  Do not serve warm.