♥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 was we will give a little more of ourselves and with the way 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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