Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Are you feeling creative? Of course you are! In Northern Europe particularly in Norway, Denmark, and Germany the gift of a little marzipan pig at Christmas or New Year is a way of wishing the recipient good luck and good fortune in the 12 months to come. So take a (marzipan) leaf out of their book and get cracking...This is also a great way of keeping the kids entertained at a party. Let them pop their piggy creation in a bag tied with a pretty ribbon for the party bag treat.
- A little icing sugar
- 250g white marzipan
- A little edible pink food colouring
- 25g melted chocolate
Once you have got the hang of pigs, you can create a whole farmyard! Sheep, cows and even bunny rabbits are great fun to make on a rainy day.
- Lightly dust a work surface with icing sugar and gently knead the marzipan until smooth. Add a little edible pink food colouring (you wont need a lot) and knead until the colour is consistent.
- Divide into 8 balls, leaving a little spare, and pinch the nose at the front. Using a cocktail stick, make two dots for the nostrils. Repeat for four small trotters and a swirl for the tail. Roll out the spare marzipan into 16 ear shaped pieces, and attach to the pig.
- Dip the cocktail stick in the chocolate and add two dots for eyes.