"Buttermilk Bacon Pralines from Martha Hall Foose’s “Screen Doors and Sweet Tea.” Prep time is cooling time."
light brown sugar, packed
light corn syrup
bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
In a heavy-bottomed, deep saucepan, combine the sugars, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda and salt over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla, pecans, orange zest and bacon. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a silicone mat or buttered parchment paper. Let stand 30 minutes, or until cool. Store in an airtight container.