Mama’s Divinity Recipe has been the most-requested recipe in the 21 years I’ve written for Kansas Country Living. So, I published it again with my final column in the December 2015 issue. Just in case you haven’t gotten the magazine yet and want to get started, I’m including it here, too.
Mama didn’t think there was any point in making it without pecan pieces inside, but some love it without any nuts. Some prefer it with pecan halves on top. The basic recipe remains the same. My mom heard this on the radio in the 1930s, when she was a young bride.
Divinity has become an old-fashioned treat, and I’ve discovered people have emotional attachments to it. Enjoy!
Mary Lea’s Divinity
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup white syrup
1/2 cup warm water
2 egg whites, beaten to soft peaks
pecans (optional – although Mama didn’t think it was divinity without them)
Mix well sugar, syrup and water. Cook slowly. DO NOT STIR. Cook until it threads.
Slowly pour cooked mixture into beaten egg whites, mixing all the time. Continue beating until it begins to “fudge” then add nuts to taste. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.