09 December 2008


this is one of my favorite recipes from my mom. the candy will dry quickly once it begins to cool, so have someone help you drop it onto the waxed paper.  you need to make this on a dry day, since it will not set up good if it is too humid.

2 2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup chopped pecans

  1. combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan, stirring over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. cook until candy thermometer registers 260 or until it reaches the hard ball stage.
  3. remove from heat and cool slightly.
  4. beat egg whites until stiff.
  5. pour hot mixture very slowly over egg whites, beating constantly on low speed.
  6. continue beating until mixture becomes very stiff and loses its glossy appearance. this will happen, but it may take 10 minutes or longer.
  7. add vanilla and pecans and beat a few strokes by hand to improve texture.
  8. drop by large spoonfuls onto buttered wax paper. let dry on waxed paper overnight.

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