Thursday, March 15, 2012

Divine Divinity Fudge

So, here it is the middle of March and I'm just sharing my Christmas recipes.  Well, at least you'll have them next Christmas!  I've always wanted to make Divinity Fudge but was hesitant to make it.  Everyone said, "It's really hard."  "You have to have that special touch."  "You need a good mixer." (this one is true)

It took me three times and three recipes, but I found the recipe that wasn't really hard, that you didn't need to have that special touch, but you definitely needed a good mixer.  They say, "The third time's a charm." (this is true, too!)

Divine Divinity Fudge

2 egg whites
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

  In a heavy saucepan, over medium to medium high heat, stir sugar, corn syrup and water.  Stir only until sugar has dissolved .  Don't stir after that point.  Let syrup mixture cook until the temperature reaches 260 degrees F on a candy thermometer, or the hard-ball stage.

While syrup is cooking, beat egg whites with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff.

Once sugar mixture reaches 260 degrees, remove from heat and pour in a thin steady stream into the beaten egg whites, beating constantly with an electric mixer on high for about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the vanilla, and continue beating on high just until the candy starts to lose its gloss, about 5 - 6 minutes.  When the beaters are lifted, the mixture should fall in a ribbon that mounds on itself.  Add the pecans, stir to mix, and quickly drop the mixture by tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment.
(I used two spoons--using one spoon to push the candy off the other.)

**If the mixture flattens out, beat again for 1 minute more.  If the mixture is too thick to drop, beat in a few drops of hot water until the candy is a softer consistency.

The recipe also said you could pour the candy into a pan and cut into squares. 

Here were some other suggestions:
  • Use peppermint extract and tint divinity with green or pink.
  • Use almond extract with chopped marishino cherries and tint pink.
  • You don't have to use nuts.

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