Several people have asked Olivia about posting the divinity recipe. We whipped up a batch to add to our candy and cookie trays we give away each year. We received lots of positive feedback about the divinity. I am convinced it is one of those holiday confections that is somewhat tied to one's age. Younger people tend to often not know what it is and older people, when they find it on the tray, smile and reminisce about eating it as a child. Being on that older end of the spectrum, I have fond memories of making divinity when I was a child.
It is a simple recipe but one that requires close attention to detail. You need to get it to the right temperature (hard ball stage), be sure to beat it long enough, and then work quickly and with another person if possible to spoon the delightful little clouds onto wax paper. I remember making it as a child. Olivia remembers making it as a child. Holiday memories taste oh so sweet! Make a batch and make a memory!
Olivia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Although we speak often of our holiday traditions and memories tied to food, we celebrate Christmas as the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope you will join us in celebrating God's greatest gift.
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a 2 quart saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water. Cook to a hard ball stage (260 degrees) stirring only till sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Gradually pour syrup over egg whites, beating at high speed on your electric mixer. Add vanilla and beat till candy holds its shape--about 4-5 minutes. Act quickly dropping from a teaspoon onto waxed paper. It works best to scoop with one spoon and push off the divinity with another. Makes about 40 pieces.