Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mema's Divinity Fudge Recipe

Little round blurbs of white with a curl on top. That's how I remember my Mema's divinity fudge.

Mema was quite the candy-maker. She appreciated fine candy and had a knack for making fine candies herself. My Mom and I were reminiscing the other day, and Mom pointed out how it was not uncommon to find Mema sampling her goodies from a spoon, as she worked at making candies. (Ironically, Mema was a tiny, tiny lady. One would never know by her figure, that she was a frequent-candy-sampler-indulger...lol)

At any rate, I made her divinity fudge for the first time this Thanksgiving. It was at the point that I called my Mom and asked, "Can you beat this for too long in the mixer?", that I realized that I had; indeed, beat the fudge for too long. Not a major flub, but it was not quite the right texture. The directions say, "Beat until stiff"; well, there are a lot of ways that can be interpreted. And I'll try to detail that, so if you decide to try our recipe, you will know what "beat until stiff" looks like. :)
Here it is:

Mema's Divinity Fudge
2 C sugar
1/2 c water
1/2 c white karo
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg white

Boil sugar, water, and karo until syrup reaches the softball stage (use your candy thermometer!).  Meanwhile, beat white of egg until stiff and add to it, 1/2 of the syrup, beating constantly. 

Cook remaining syrup until it reaches the hardball stage, then add slowly to the first mixture.  Add vanilla.  And here's the part where you must use discretion: Beat until stiff.  This will be very shiny at first, just keep mixing until less shiny and thickens greatly; sometimes this takes several minutes.  You can test it by spooning a little dollop onto wax paper; if it hold it's shape fairly well, then you're all set.  (You do not want to beat this until it has zero-shine and has a dry, sandy texture.  This ought to be smooth.)

Once you have beat/mixed it to the proper stiffness; working quickly, spoon it in little round dollops on a piece of wax paper (or you can spread it in a pan like pan fudge).  It's gets harder to work with, so be hasty while spooning it out.  And kids and adults alike seem to appreciate the little curl on top of the dollop if you can manage it. :-)

After you're done, it's always nice to have someone on hand to help with the cleanup.  The beaters, particularly.

I'm not entirely sure, but Mema may have been more apt to let you pull her teeth than to share any of her candy recipes...
Nevertheless, I'm sharing this one, as a little nod to her and Christmases past.
(Wish you were here, Mema...)

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