Recipe for Divinity by Tracy Ruckman
Tracy is a child of the Living God. She owns two traditional publishing companies and is a full-time student, wife of Prince Charming, mom of two grown sons, and keeper of a spoiled 12-year-old doggy, and today, Tracy shares a Christmas memory and yummy recipe.
My paternal grandmother, Nanny, made the best divinity in the world. When I became an adult, I tried to make it every year. Some years I was successful, other years I was not. Just before Nanny went to Heaven, she told me the secret – it all had to do with the humidity. (I guess you see the importance of family recipes here, can’t you?) If the humidity was too high, the divinity wouldn’t set properly; if it was too low, the candy would be dry.
For several years, I followed this guideline – 57% humidity seemed to be perfect for candy-making. (In the South, those percentages don’t get that low very often, so we watched the weather gauges carefully once Thanksgiving came.)
Then my husband Tim entered the picture with his mother’s divinity recipe. The ingredients were almost identical, but the cooking methods were different – and Edie’s recipe did not rely on the weather. Since Edie’s recipe is top secret, I’ve combine recipes and tips to ensure success every time! It helps to have two or more people making this together and/or a stand mixer. It’s a great recipe to make with generations in the kitchen at the same time.
Nanny’s & Edie’s Divinity
5 cups white, granulated sugar
1 cup Karo Light corn syrup
1 cup water
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 cups chopped pecans, optional
Maraschino cherries, optional
Mix sugar, water, syrup together in large saucepan. Bring to boil, then boil until the liquid “spins a thread,” stirring constantly. While the mixture is boiling, separate eggs and put the whites in a large mixing bowl. When the sugar mixture spins a thread, pour half of boiling liquid into the egg whites, beating with mixer as you pour. The mixture will begin to expand. Put the remaining liquid back on the stove and bring it back to a rolling boil. Then pour all of it into the expanding egg white mixture while continuing to beat.
Beat until the mixture a minute more, then use a large spoon to stir the mixture several times, until it gets a dull finish. Then, add nuts or chopped cherries if you wish, then very quickly, drop by rounded teaspoons on large sheets of waxed paper. Immediately top with cherry halves or pecan halves, as you wish. Let cool. Store on waxed paper layers in air tight containers.
Divinity makes great gifts, and it’s easy enough to mix and match different kinds. Some batches we leave out all nuts and cherries, topping only with one or the other. Some batches are deluxe, and have a little of all of it. The fun part is that each kind tastes very different. Even though you make a large batch, it will disappear very quickly – at least it does in our family.
Ruby Joy Buckner, cowgirl, has never left the Lone Star State, but at her father’s request, she takes her faithful canine companion and travels the world in search of Nativity pieces. As Ruby collects the pieces, she also collects a few unexpected surprises, including an awareness of the beauty in other cultures, and quite a menagerie of new friends, thanks in part to Yippee Ti Yi Yo who charms everyone they meet.
Ruby’s budding awareness of life outside Texas opens her eyes to a world of whimsy, and the Nativity pieces she collects are unusual. Will her father approve her eclectic collection … and the changes that travel brought to Ruby’s life?
Today’s chapter of A Ruby Christmas was written by author Debbie Roome, and it is posted on the Write Integrity Press blog. We hope you’ll also take part in our Altered Photo Contest. Check out the unaltered photos posted each day on the Write Integrity Press blog and then visit that day’s author’s website (Today you’ll visit Debbie’s website) for a look at the altered photo. Keep a list because on December 13, we’ll ask you to send in your list. Those with the most correct answers will be eligible for a drawing. The prize? A bundle of all of our books in PRINT and DIGITAL (for giving and/or keeping) formats. The winner will be announced Tuesday, December 17, but rest assured, the books will be shipped in time for Christmas. (Continental U.S. Residents only for print books. If an international winner is chosen, they may receive two sets of digital books for gift giving).
Last year’s Write Integrity Press novella: The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt is also available on Kindle.