Maple Ginger Divinity

I was asked for this recipe after I made it for a party.  I was winging it but it came out really good.  Responces were all good or all bad.  Some people didn’t like the whole concept.

Divinity is also good made from any recipe with added 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or spicy paprika.

Short answer: Joy Of Cooking page 731. Replace sugar with brown sugar. Replace corn syrup with maple syrup. Add 1 tsp powdered ginger.

Long answer:

On a DRY day (winter)

2 egg whites. Room temp

Boil in heavy pan:

1/2 cup water

1/2 maple syrup

2 c brown sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar-

When boiling cover and let boil for three minutes or until the crystals are dissolved from the side of the pan.

Remove lid and continue to boil over moderate heat until it reaches 254 or hard ball stage. (mine always gets too hot)

While syrup is cooking whip egg whites until they just hold their shape.  Pour syrup, hot, over whites in a thin slow stream while whipping slowly.  Some will stick to the sides of the bowl. Do not scrape. Toward the end, pour and whip faster.

Add ginger, (or nuts or peppermint candy or spicy paprika or whatever)

As soon as it will hold a shape drop by spoons onto a buttered surface or waxed paper.  Quickly, as it sets up fast especially if you got the syrup too hot.

Notes

-you might try adding the ginger to the cooking syrup. Ginger gets hotter when it cooks.

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