Buttermilk Pralines

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


3 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans


Combine sugar and buttermilk in a small Dutch oven, mixing well. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches soft ball stage (234°). Stir in cream of tartar.

Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Beat 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is creamy and begins to thicken. Stir in pecans. Working rapidly, drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; let cool. Remove from waxed paper, and store in an airtight container.