December Calendar 29th December

illustration-01The pig is known as a symbol of good luck for the good year. Before we transform the common domestic pig in a sweet little host gift, we wanted to get to the bottom of this symbol. Researching the web brought a few explanations.

  • The pig is reckoned to be a symbol of fertility and strength, which thereby elevates it to a lucky symbol.
  • Pigs are said to make their owners wealthy – this was already known to the Greek and Romans. The reason is simple: the one who has a lot of pigs also has something to eat. Furthermore pigs are very modest in their eating habits. They also eat garbage and food rests. Through a humble investment into a young pig this can develop into a fat pig, which can be then slaughtered or profitably be sold.
  • In middle age times the looser of a competition got a pig as booby prize. He was therefore lucky. In German you even use the phrase “you have a pig” in order to phrase that someone is lucky.

The New Year’s weekend is almost here (we start into the new year on a Sunday – is this a good sign?). We therefore want to tell you about another Pinterest Board of us: “New Year’s Eve Ideas” with many table decorations, festive spaces and impressions.

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Today our idea is a little present for your party host or friend. It is really easy, so you can even make it in the remaining time to New Year’s Eve.

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Brittle lemon pigs with sugary glazing
Original recipe from kuechengoetter.de
Ingredients

  • 175 g butter
  • 100 g powdered sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • lemon flavour
  • lemon peel
  • 50 g grounded almonds
  • 300 g flour
  • 150 g powdered sugar (for icing)
  • lemon juice (for icing)
  • red food colouring

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Steps

  1. Mix butter with sugar and salt until fluffy and light. Add egg and egg yolk and mix even further. Add lemon flavour and lemon peel.
  2. Mix grounded almonds and flour and add to the butter mixture. Knead. Put dough wrapped into foil into the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll dough on a floured surface (~ 4mm). Bake at 175°C / 350°F for 10 minutes.
  4. Make a viscous icing from powdered sugar and lemon juice. Tint the icing with a drop of red food colouring into a pale pink colour. Cover pigs with the glazing. Use a chocolate chip or eatable pearl as eye.

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