Heavenly and sweet, this delightful divinity is studded with bits of dried cherries.
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup ice water
2 large egg whites
1 cup chopped dried cherries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine sugar, syrup and water in a heavy saucepan. Heat on low, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Raise heat and bring to a boil, cooking until it reaches the firm-ball stage (see note below). Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff but not dry. Slowly add syrup to egg whites in a slow, steady stream, beating at low speed. When all syrup is mixed in, beat at high speed until candy holds its shape when the beaters are pulled away from the bowl, about 20 minutes.
- Fold in cherries and vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet and let stand until firm.
- Wrapped airtight, Divinity will last one to two weeks.
Makes 36 pieces.
Tip: The soft-ball stage is a test for candy that describes the point at which a drop of boiling syrup immersed in cold water forms a soft ball that flattens of its own accord when removed. On a candy thermometer, the soft-ball stage is between 234° and 240°F (approximately 115°C).