The Lost Art of Divinity



As the staff at Cloverleaf entered their goodies into the yearly Christmas treat bake off, Betty reminisced about baking Divinity. Betty's mom taught her the art of cooking divinity when she was a small girl. She stated that if her mom had a bad pan there would be 5 eager kids waiting to eat it with a spoon. Betty smirked and said she had many failures along the way while learning to perfect the decadent treat as her mom had. 

"Making divinity is a lost art," she stated, "and I also believe that it's too difficult for people to make it this day and age." Candy thermometers weren't available to us back then. We knew the cooking time was right by threading the cooking candy off a spoon. When you pulled it out of the pan with a spoon the candy was ready when it threaded off the spoon. The original recipe stated not to make it on a rainy day. It would fail because of the moisture in the air. Betty’s mother would also make yeast bread for a family of seven. There was never store bought bread in her home. All of the bread was baked on a wood burning stove. Betty and her siblings would have to make sure they kept the fire burning for the stove. It was a very hard job and it took most of the day. They would do this twice a week. Betty added, "It is so much easier to take care of family needs now days. I miss the simplicity of the olden days. My daughter-in-laws are good cooks too; but, this generation eats a lot differently!" 

Betty M. is a resident at Cloverleaf Healthcare.