Cooking Classics: Divinity

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The Technique 

Classic Divinity

My grandfather used to prepare divinity after everyone had already gone to bed. When prepared correctly, Classic Divinity has a dry, light feel to it & the ultra sweet flavor disintegrates quickly on the tongue. It should not stick to your fingers when it’s handled. The shape can vary from a smooth texture to wildly textured clouds. This particular version has less pecans in the mixture but the halves over the surface make up for it & offer a beautiful garnish. If you prefer, the pecan halves can be omitted & an extra 1/2 cup of chopped pecans can be added to the mixture before dropping the candy. Learn how to make this traditional southern confection that’s ideal for sharing with friends by following my detailed tutorial & be certain to look to The Essential Guide To Making Homemade Candy for additional pointers before getting started. 

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makes 2 1/2 dozen

Divinity will result in a sticky candy if prepared on a humid day. It’s best to make when the temperature is cool & the air is extremely dry.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
A pinch of kosher salt
2 egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 cup toasted pecan halves, chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
30 toasted pecan halves

Place wax paper over two half sheet pans. Set aside. Stir together the sugar, the corn syrup & the water in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan until blended. Do not stir again while over the heat. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over Medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Cook until the thermometer registers 250 degrees, hard ball stage, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Remove the saucepan from the heat. With the mixer running on Low speed, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the beaten egg whites. Once all of the syrup has been added, increase the speed to Medium-High & beat until the mixture is glossy & holds soft peaks throughout. Fold in the chopped pecans & the vanilla. Drop spoonfuls of the candy onto wax paper. Place the pecan halves in the center of each candy as it begins to set. Cool completely. 

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Some of my favorite recipes to prepare involve pouring hot sugar syrup into beaten egg whites whilst the mixer is running. It is the technique in particular that draws me in as the mixture can become an iconic southern candy or a European-style, rich nut filled nougat. When butter is thrown into the mix, quite literally, the soft billowy clouds transform into the lightest Italian buttercream you will ever taste. It is the temperature of the syrup once it is added to the beaten egg whites plus or minus an ingredient or two that will help determine the final texture of the recipe you choose to prepare such as the case with Classic Divinity.

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When preparing candy, never use a smaller pot than what is called for in the recipe. The ingredients often times will double or triple from their original volume as they begin to cook. A few key pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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The Basic Fundamentals

Two spoons. When preparing old fashioned confections such as Classic Divinity, it’s the simplicity of the ingredients & the tools that interest me. Southern women use what they have to complete kitchen tasks & this confection is not any different. Have the spoons pulled from the drawer & available along with the chopped pecans & wax or parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Once the candy is ready to drop, it’s important to have everything that is needed for last minute preparations close at hand. 

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The Stirring

If you stir the mixture carefully from the beginning & be certain stray sugar granules do not make their way up the sides of the pot, the mixture will not crystalize during the cooking process.

Place wax paper over two half sheet pans. Set aside. Stir together the sugar, the corn syrup & the water in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan until blended. Do not stir again while over the heat. 

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Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over Medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Cook until the thermometer registers 250 degrees, hard ball stage, about 6 minutes. 

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The Egg White Preparations

When volume is desired, a room temperature egg is going to yield the best result. Allow the eggs to stand about 30 minutes before using. Another point to keep in mind is that there should not be any fat present when whipping egg whites as you will not get the volume required for certain recipe applications. This includes the separating step from the egg yolk as well as the bowl & utensils used to prepare them. Quickly inspect the kitchen tools before using.

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Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. When the whip attachment is lifted from the bowl, the egg whites should maintain a stiff peak that curves slightly but holds its’ shape. Remove the saucepan from the heat. With the mixer running on Low speed, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the beaten egg whites. 

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The Pecan Addition

Once all of the syrup has been added, increase the speed to Medium-High & beat until the mixture is glossy & holds soft peaks throughout. This can take anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes. Fold in the chopped pecans & the vanilla. 

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Drop spoonfuls of the candy onto wax paper. Use one spoon to scoop the mixture & the other to push it onto the paper. Place the pecan halves in the center of each candy as it begins to set. The candy surface will change from a glossy appearance to a matte finish as it cools. 

The Clean Up

Candy making is sticky business. Fill the saucepan with water & place it back on the stove eye. Submerge any utensils used & bring the water to a boil. Any remaining sugar syrup will disintegrate during the process.

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