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
Lightly dust a work surface with icing sugar and gently knead the marzipan until smooth. Add a little edible pink food colouring (you won’t 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.
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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.