Saturday, 22 December 2012
Cranberry and Walnut Divinity
Candies so good, they're Devine :) Another seasonal favorite in the Okanay household. But be warned, these little candies are sweet! You can make them without the nuts or try different fillings if you like. I personally like the combination of walnuts and cranberries the best as I think it compliments the candy and also helps to cut the sweetness.
600g granulated sugar
5 fl oz light golden syrup or light corn syrup
4 fl oz water
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
50g chopped walnuts
25g dried cranberries
Cook sugar, golden syrup and water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring to 130 degrees C on a candy thermometer or until a small amount of the mixture dropped into very cold water forms a hard ball that holds its shape but is pliable. As a guide mine generally takes about 12 -15 minutes to reach this stage.
Meanwhile in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg whites until stiff peaks from. Continue beating while pouring the hot syrup into the egg whites in a thin stream. Add vanilla. Beat until the mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull, about 10 minutes. Fold in the Walnuts and Cranberries.
Drop the mixture from a spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let stand until firm, turning the candies occasionally, about 12 hours. Store in an airtight container.