When I first started thinking about the recipe that I wanted to share with you in the Christmas in the Kitchen post, I remembered that we had divinity every year during the holidays as I was growing up, but… I didn’t know if all of you would even know what it was. Boy was I mistaken! I couldn’t believe how many of you said that you had also enjoyed it in your childhood. From grandmothers to grandfathers to aunts, it seems that most of you had a fond memory of a relative preparing the sweet confection…and at Christmas!
My mother made it every year, but I had never tried out the recipe. If I was going to share it with you, I wanted to know how to make it. So my mother came over last week, and she showed me how to cook it. All I knew was that she always said you cannot make it if it is raining. Humidity is bad bad bad for divinity.(We had planned to make it on a Saturday, but of course it rained. So we had to wait until a sunny day.) There are quite a few variations of the recipe, but she calls this Twice Cooked Divinity because the sugar syrup is cooked twice.I mentioned in the last post that we increased the eggs to 3, the vanilla to 1 teaspoon, and the nuts to one cup (one heaping cup.) We started with 2 eggs, but they looked so small, we decided 3 would be better.
You begin by heating the sugar, syrup, and water over medium heat. Stir it until it boils. Then stop stirring, and let it heat to 240 degrees.
While the sugar is cooking, separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff. (I had my mixer on the counter next to the stove.)
Once the sugar syrup reaches 240 degrees, keep the mixer going, and pour 1/3 of the hot sugar syrup over the egg whites.Put the remainder of the sugar syrup back on the stove, and heat it to 265 degrees. Keep the mixer going (on medium speed), and pour the rest of the hot sugar over the egg whites when the mixture reaches 265.
Beat it until the mixture is stiff and holds its shape. Then mix in the vanilla.
At this point, my mother said, Now we have to use a wooden spoon instead of the mixer. So take the bowl out from under the mixer, add the pecan pieces, and mix it all up with a wooden spoon.
Then spread out parchment or waxed paper, and drop the stiff mixture by the teaspoonful. It makes between 50 and 60 pieces.
Both of our boys love divinity, and since they are not living anywhere near here, my mother and I decided we would mail some to them.
So they will soon be getting a tin of the candy, a photo of the two of them from loooooong ago with Santa, and my mother’s handwritten divinity recipe…a taste of Christmas from home.
And one of you will be getting the 2 cookbooks along with the $25 Williams-Sonoma gift card from last week’s giveaway. There were 350 absolutely wonderful comments. Thank you all. I enjoyed reading them so much! (A few of the comments got placed on the wrong posts thanks to my wonky comment form, but I included them in the pot as well.) Here is the winning number…
Which belongs to this comment in the Talk of the Weekend #10 post.
Congratulations Jennifer! I will be getting in touch with you about your mailing address very soon.
I hope all of you have a wonderful week. If you give the divinity recipe a try, I would love to hear how it turns out!
Until next time….