*** Stir together buttermilk, sugar, pecan halves, salt and butter in a 4 or 5 quart dish. Cook on high (100%) for 12 minutes, stirring at 4 minute intervals stir in baking soda until foamy. Cook on high for 1 minute. (This last step gives the pralines a caramel color.) Beat mixture until tacky (about 1 minute). Drop by teaspoonfuls on a sheet of foil. Allow to cool then peel from foil.
Yield: 5 Doz
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana