Tonight, Kalee Harris & I had a wonderful time working with the Activity Day Girls in our ward. The theme of tonight's lesson was Self Esteem, Divine Nature and Individual Worth realizing that we are all Heavenly Father's children. We talked about several things that effect us both at home and at school. And then talked about being a "light unto the world" and all the things we could do to help to make the world a better place and how those things can strengthen our testimonies. For our treat tonight we made Homemade DIVINITY CANDY....
4 cups sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
3/4 cup cold water
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 cups chopped pecans (optional)
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir only until sugar has dissolved. Do not stir after this point. Wipe inside of pan just above sugar mixture line with damp brush to help the sugar mixture from crystalizing. Cook syrup mixture until it reaches 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer, bringing it to a hard ball stage.
While the sugar mixture is cooking, separate eggs and beat whites into really stiff peaks. (You will not be using the egg yolks for this recipe) Once the sugar mixture reaches 250 degrees F, carefully pour a slow steady stream of syrup into the stiffly beaten egg whites, beating constantly at high speed. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until mixture holds its shape, approximately 5 minutes. Stir in pecans.
Using 2 spoons, drop the divinity onto waxed or parchment paper, using 1 spoon to push the candy off the other. The candy should be soft but still hold shape, it may look like the top of a soft serve ice cream. If the candy becomes too stiff, add a few drops of hot water. You will need to work fast when making this type of candy. Cool the candy completely before serving.
It was very warm and humid here at the beach today, so our candy looks very soft, but tasted great!