|Sugar||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
|Buttermilk||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Butter||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Pecan halves||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
Butter a heavy 4-quart saucepan.
In pan combine sugar, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt.
Bring mixture to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly .
Cook and stir to soft-ball stage or till candy thermometer registers 234°, 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Add butter and vanilla.
Do not stir.
Cool about 5 minutes.
Beat till mixture is smooth and slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in pecan halves.
Immediately drop from a tablespoon onto waxed paper.
If mixture becomes too thick to drop, stir in a teaspoon or two of water.