Craft Club: #5 – New Year’s Marzipan Pigs

by | Jan 7, 2019 | Craft Club, Story Box Club | 0 comments

I’m not sure when we first picked up the tradition of cooking risengrynsgrøt, or riskrem – that’s Norwegian rice pudding – but it’s become my go-to Christmas dessert despite the fact I’ve never been to Norway in my life. Traditionally, families in Norway make rice porridge the day before Christmas, called Little Christmas Eve, then the leftovers are transformed into this amazing sweet dessert on Christmas eve (for a recipe, try the brilliant Arctic Grub blog).

As part of the tradition, an almond is hidden in the riskrem and whoever finds it gets good luck – and the gift of a marzipan pig. In fact, the marzipan pig is a New Year treat in places like Denmark and Germany, too, and it’s given as a way of wishing the recipient good luck and good fortune in the year ahead.

There are various ways to make them, and they can be golden or pink, but here’s own spin on easy-peasy New Year’s marzipan pigs!

 

 

How to make New Year’s marzipan pigs

Difficulty: easy

Language themes: food, traditions, Christmas, New Year

 

You’ll need:

Natural marzipan
Red food colouring
A cocktail stick

 

How to make it:

1

Put one drop of red food colouring onto your marzipan, and let the kids squish it around until it’s turned pink

2

Separate the marzipan into two and roll each lump into a ball – one for the pig’s body, and one smaller ball for the other bits

3

Separate the smaller ball into a small, flattened circle for the snout, two small triangles for the ears and a skinny sausage shape for the tail

4

Attach the pig’s features to the body with a little water to stick them on – curl the ears a little as you do

5

Use the cocktail stick to make two holes for eyes, and two for nostrils – this also helps the snout to stick on to the body

6

Give out your lucky pigs at Christmas or New Year, or use them to decorate your Christmas cake!

1

Put one drop of red food colouring onto your marzipan, and let the kids squish it around until it’s turned pink

2

Separate the marzipan into two and roll each lump into a ball – one for the pig’s body, and one smaller ball for the other bits

3

Separate the smaller ball into a small, flattened circle for the snout, two small triangles for the ears and a skinny sausage shape for the tail

4

Attach the pig’s features to the body with a little water to stick them on – curl the ears a little as you do

5

Use the cocktail stick to make two holes for eyes, and two for nostrils – this also helps the snout to stick on to the body

6

Give out your lucky pigs at Christmas or New Year, or use them to decorate your Christmas cake!

Tip: for a nut-free alternative, or if you don’t like marzipan, use fondant icing instead

Story Box links: Try The Three Little Builder Pigs for a pig-themed tale!

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