- On December 14, 2018
Welcome to another edition of In the Kitchen, where we share some of our favorite recipes and some of our favorite Natural Element Homes kitchens. This week, we’re looking at an old-fashioned peppermint divinity recipe. Enjoy!
Recipe: Peppermint Divinity
Divinity is an old-fashioned southern sweet. This recipe offers a unique and holiday-appropriate twist on this classic dish by incorporating peppermint.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large egg whites at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup finely chopped hard peppermint candies or candy canes
- Stir together sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt in a heavy, 2-quart saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer to side of pan. Place pan over medium-high heat and cook, gently stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves and mixture boils. Once sugar syrup is clear and thickened, cook undisturbed until thermometer reaches 255 degrees Fahrenheit (about 6 – 8 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Place egg whites in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to high and beat until egg whites are stiff and able to hold a soft peak.
- With mixer running on low speed, carefully pour hot syrup down side of bowl into beaten egg whites, pouring slowly and steadily. Use only the syrup that pours easily out of pan into bowl (no need to scrape pan). Expect steam and the aroma of egg whites cooking in the syrup’s heat.
- Increase speed to high and continue beating until syrup is well-incorporated into egg whites. Stop just long enough to scrape down sides of bowl, and add vanilla. Continue beating on high speed until the mixture begins to lose its glass and shine and is thick enough to hold its shape rather than pool into a puddle (about 6 – 10 minutes).
- Add 1/2 cup chopped peppermint candy, and beat on medium speed just until evenly combined. Remove bowl from mixer, and use 2 spoons to quickly scoop out small balls of candy (about 1 tablespoon each), placing them on prepared baking sheets. Do not allow candies to touch.
- Garnish candies quickly with remaining 1/4 cup chopped peppermint. Let cool undisturbed until set with a matte finish (1 – 2 hours).
- Carefully transfer candies to an airtight container or candy tin, placing parchment paper or wax paper between layers and handling candies gently.