Sunday, January 24, 2010

♥Valentine Divinity with Pecan Crowns♥



With Valentine's Day just around the corner I thought it might be fun for all of us to make something for the object of our affection instead of buying it. This way we will give a little more of ourselves and with the direction our world is spinning lately, I think we all need to feel more connected to each other. Don't you?

Ingredients

* 2 1/2 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 egg whites
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
* Garnish: toasted pecan halves

Preparation

Cook first 4 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves and a candy thermometer registers 248° (about 15 minutes). Remove syrup mixture from heat.

Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Pour half of hot syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating constantly at high speed, about 5 minutes.

Cook remaining half of syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer registers 272° (about 4 to 5 minutes). Slowly pour hot syrup and vanilla extract over egg white mixture, beating constantly at high speed until mixture holds its shape (about 6 to 8 minutes). Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.

Drop mixture quickly by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Garnish, if desired. Cool.
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4 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Mimi: Thanks for the kind words on my blog. They did make me feel so good. As usual your treats look wonderful. One of these days, I just may surprise you and make them too. You just wait and see. Cooks even talk a different language. My last name is Cook. What happened to me? Blessings, Martha

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Mimi, these look delish! THanks for sharing!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

WhineNRoses said...

You have a wonderful blog, Mimi!!!
I am going to be following along and making some of your wonderful recipes!!!
Thanks for visiting me this Pink Saturday!!
Jenn~

Cathy said...

Oh Mimi,

These look wonderful. I love pecans plain or in anything baked. Yummy.

Thanks for the recipe.

xo Cathy