Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter White

Today my friend Kathleen over at Cuisine Kathleen is hosting a White Christmas event. She said anything white goes. She is an expert at tablesetting so I am sure you will see some beautiful tablescapes over there along with a lot of other brilliant white linked posts. Click HERE to pop over there. She even has a give away going on!

I'm not that good at setting a fancy table, so I'm showing a something fluffy and white. Kind of like these precious snowmen that came in my mail this week from a special friend.

I spent part of the evening making my grandmother, MaMa Nezat's No Fail Divinity. As white as white can be flecked with yummy pecans. I have never seen a recipe quite like hers, with the edition of the marshmallows, so maybe that's what makes it no fail. It's also sweet and fluffy and so good you won't know when to stop.

MaMa Nezat's No Fail Divinity


4 cups sugar
1 cup light karo syrup
3/4 cup water
pinch of salt
2 egg whites
8 large or 32 small marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups chopped pecans

Cook sugar, syrup, water and salt to soft ball stage. In the meantime beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add 1 cup of cooked syrup to beaten eggs along with marshmallows, keeping the mixer going the whole time. Cook remainder of syrup to hard ball stage..this wont take long so keep an eye on the temp. Keep your mixer going this whole time. When syrup has reached hard ball stage, add slowly in a stream to egg white mixture as it continues to mix. Add vanilla and pecans and stop mixing. Beat by hand with a wooden spoon until mixture dulls and is no longer shiny. Move quickly at this point and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.

This was one of my grandmother's recipe and her Christmas goodie spread wasn't complete without it. She liked to tell the story of how she got this recipe in trade from one of her kid's teachers when the teacher admired some fudge my grandmother had shared.


Dishesdone said...

Love the snowmen! Such a sweet gift from a very special person :)

MaMa Nezat's Divinity looks awesome, I think I would love some of that!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Suzy, I'm coming over from Kathleen's party. Your divinity recipe looks delicious and easy enough for me!! And I love the snowmen--I have so many living here with me, and one of them is going somewhere in my giveaway! Have a wonderful day. Linda

Mimi said...

The snowmen are adorable...your divinity looks divine!

Marsha said...

I LOVE divinity and not many people make it anymore. I personally had to quit because I don't have a stand mixer and the last time I made some my old hand held burnt out the motor. I may have to ask Santa for a new mixer just so I can continue the tradition as my mom always made divinity for Christmas.

I haven't seen the addition of marshmallows before and I bet they had to the creaminess of the divinity - I will definitely book mark your recipe.

Cute snowmen, I have some like it in my dining room :)

Kathleen said...

Oh that looks so good!
I guess I don't have to wait for my box from Marsha, I am seeing those snowmen in a few places!
Thanks for joining the party, I know you are so busy!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That looks great Suzy! Believe it or not, I've never tried Divinity! Gonna have to fix that:@)

Debbie said...

MaMa Nezat's Divinity looks wonderful! I've never had divinity, although I know my mother has made it. Love the little snowmen :-)

Cathy said...

Your little snowmen are so cute, Suzy. My grandmother used to make divinity, but I haven't tried it in years. Happy holiday.

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