Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Recap & Marzipan Pigs


No big story this week, just an anecdote about pigs (with a tasty project) and few shots from this year’s Christmas celebration.

Happy Holidays!


My maltese Rasco (3) and my schnauzer Penny (15 in February) on Christmas Eve. 

Pictures:

The delicious Gluhwein (my dad made it this year).

Christmas Eve dinner: Beef Rouladen, Sauerkraut, Sauerbraten, German Potatoes, Blaukraut and veggies. 

This year's Christmas Day Schnecke. It just keeps growing every year!


A combo platter of tale and taste: Marzipan Pigs
A German delicacy that’s too cute to eat …

In Germany, a marzipan pig is a symbol of good luck in the New Year … It’s also pretty delicious.

For those of you unfamiliar with marzipan, it is a traditional European candy made from almond paste.  Though it is generally considered German, other countries hold the confection dear.  I first fell in love with marzipan coated in chocolate, but the treat is famous for being twisted into a myriad of shapes and colors.

I got a book for Christmas about how to shape the paste into flowers and figures.  In lieu of New Year, I will explain how to make a pig for good luck.

Ingredients:
-       Plain marzipan for baking/decorating
-       Red food coloring
-       Sprinkles or chocolate

Flatten the marzipan and place a couple of droplets or red food coloring to dye the marzipan pink.
Knead the marzipan to spread the color, until pink throughout.  Do NOT overdue the coloring, or you’ll have a red pig!
Roll two cylindrical pieces. (These will eventually be the pig’s legs.)
Make a pear shape for the body. Try to create a plump belly. 
Wrap cylinder shapes near the top of the pear and at the base.
Create a pig head by making a ball with a conical shape protruding. Flatten the point into a nose.
Make triangle shapes for ears.
Use sprinkles or chocolate for the eyes.

Here is what my pig looked like ... A third grade crafts project: a little messy but still cute:





Here are what store bought pigs (Oma buys them every year) look like ... art:





Best of luck!

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