All of us have something that makes us feel like the holidays have arrived. For me it is the first taste of a divinity. For those of you who do not know, Divinity is a fluffy, creamy candy made with stiffly beaten egg whites. My southern mother and grandmother made it every year and I simply do not feel like I have enjoyed the season if I do not get at least one piece of it. Below is a recipe for you to try. Divinity is a great compliment to a plate of cookies. It is unlike anything else out there. This Saturday, December 5th you just may be lucky enough to try one of these holiday treats at the annual MO Symphony Home Tour of Homes Bake Sale taking place at The Village of Bedford Walk from 10:00- 4:00 at 415 Bailey Drive unit 414. Stop by and visit us and pick up your favorite holiday confection.
cup light corn syrup
cup coarsely chopped nuts
1 Cook sugar, corn syrup and water (use 1 tablespoon less water on humid days) in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, to 260ºF on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a hard ball that holds its shape but is pliable.
2 Beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Continue beating while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites, beating constantly on medium speed. (For best results, use electric stand mixer, not a portable handheld mixer since beating time is about 10 minutes and mixture is thick.) Add vanilla. Beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull. (Mixture may become too stiff for mixer.) Gently stir in nuts.
3 Drop mixture from buttered spoon onto waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature at least 12 hours, turning candies over once, until candies feel firm. Store in airtight container.
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