- Sixy beast Jan 6, 2005 05:46 PM
Has anyone ever made the Kitchenaid Divinity recipe?
I am trying to find easy recipes that I already have the ingredients for, so i can make things for bakesales we are having at work for a Tsunami Disaster Relief FUnd.
I have all the ingredients for the Divinity, but the recipe seems odd to me. No cooking , raw egg whites. Anyone tried it? Does it work? Is it yummy?
I was thinking of toasting my nuts and maybe using a mix of walnuts and almonds.
Maybe add a little chocolate too. And I have no almond essence so would have to use vanilla or chocolate instead. I don't think any of these minor changes would affect the recipe adversley.
Today I made a kitchenaid recipe for chocolate almond torte, asking for $2 a slice (16 slices). but it actually took $62 total. Out employer will match that, so already we raised $124 with just my one little cake!
divinity recipe link below
That's a pretty standard divinity recipe. I've made many like it. The syrup should be more than hot enough to take care of the raw eggs. I've never killed anyone! The one time I swirled melted chocolate in it got kind of muddy looking, I wouldn't try that again.
I think it is great that you can bake to raise money and have it matched by your employer.
Divinity was a standard xmas candy when I was growing up in Texas, everybody's grandmother made it. I've checked the Kitchenaid recipe and it looks right. The no cooking, raw egg whites is correct. It was virtually always made with pecans, but that's 'cause most people had pecan trees -- anyone using walnuts was being uppity.
Its a great thing to make since homemade divinity is far superior to commercially prepared divinity (which is way, way too sweet & usually has icky stabilizers). Plus, I've never bought a decent piece of classic divinity anywhere in California. See's chocolate covered divinity is ok (I just think the chocolate coating is wrong on so many levels) and around St. Patty's day they sell a divinity potato that's decent enough (its a lump of divinity rolled in cocoa powder and studded with pine nut "eyes" - crazy, man!)
My grandma lived in a tiny town outside Shreveport, LA. Same deal with her divinity--always xmas time. Don't remember if there were nuts in it or not, never really seemed like my thing as a kid. Would love to try it now (sorry I can help out by buying some of those bake sale goodies!).
thank you both
see, not being from the US, I had never ever even heard of divinity but I am intrigued and want to make it now. if I mess it up I won't even know until someone at works tells me.
suprised walnuts are considered hoighty toighty cos I prefer pecans. Unfortunately I ony have walnuts to use up (and almonds) so it'll have to be those.
I have some chocolate covered cranberries too - could i stir them in or would that be sabotage of a classic.
I was not thinking of melting the chocolate I might add.
Yes, we are lucky, but our employer is only matching funds until Friday 14th so trying to get more fundraising in this week and next. (I imagine staff donations alone might be an awful lot)
After that we plan to continue fund raising but without the advantage of doubling the money.
every bit helps
re: Sixy Beast
"suprised walnuts are considered hoighty toighty cos I prefer pecans."
It really had nothing to do with which tasted "better" -- where I grew up, pecans were the preferred nut because they came from the tree in the yard (FREE). So if someone's divinity had walnuts in it, they had to have BOUGHT them - thus indicating that they had so much money that they could use walnuts instead of perfectly good free pecans.
re: Sixy beast
Well, don't worry. You're in SF so nobody thinks you have a yard, much less any kind of nut tree. They'll be impressed that you made the divinity yourself.
FYI - I don't know where my old divinity recipe is, but I remember that to create it, I started with a standard recipe (like the Kitchenaid one) and made multiple batches slowly decreasing the amount of sugar. My goal was to have a tender-toothsome-nutty divinity with just enough sweetness but not so much to make one's teeth ache.
Another recommendation to make the portions really small - its better to have 10 small pieces than 5 regular sized ones. One friend's divinity is so intense, its impossible to eat a full piece which means you have to figure out what to do with the rest of it - save for later, split with someone else, throw out the remainder - which is kinda insulting to the person who made it and it wouldn't be an issue if she'd just make smaller pieces 'cause it is good divinity.
Also, for a fancy presentation you can place a whole nut on top of the dollop of divinity.
FYI - My company is donating $1 Million to tsunami relief organizations and matching all employee donations 2 to 1 through Jan 31st. I may have to come up with a fundraiser of some sort to maximize the offer - thanks for the inspiration!