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Pine Nut Divinity

 Pine Nut Divinity
As a boy, I harvested pine nuts from nearby trees. mom would then make this melt-in-your-mouth candy, which my sisters and I would sell at school fund-raisers. It was always a hit.—Ed Horkey, Ahwatukee, Arizona
18 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup; bring to a
  • boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook over medium
  • heat without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 260°
  • (hard-ball stage), about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.
  • Beat on high and gradually pour hot sugar mixture in a thin stream
  • over egg whites; continue beating for about 3 minutes. Add vanilla;
  • beat just until candy starts to lose its gloss, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the pine nuts.
  • Working quickly, drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; or pour
  • into a buttered 9-in. square pan and cut into serving size pieces.
  • Store tightly covered. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 200 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 34 mg sodium,

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Pine Nut Divinity (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 41 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.