Friday, December 22, 2017
Fortunately every Christmas we are able to honour the pink pig with the traditional family recipe for piggy cookies. This recipe came with the family from Austria and it was given to me by MrBP's Aunt.
Middle Rascal has taken over the piggy baking duties in our kitchen and a fine job she does with it too.
1/2 cup. butter
1& 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup & 2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
6 Tablespoons grated Orange rind
2 Tablespoons grated Lemon rind
4 cups all-purpose flour, add in up to a cup more for good rolling consistency
Roll out and cut out using a piggy-shaped cutter.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes
Turn down to 350 for another 10 minutes
(NOTE: this is far too hot for our oven, for us it's more like 350 initially, turn down to 300. Every oven is different, if yours is a hot one I would go with the lower temperatures.)
While the piggy cookies are cooling completely, mix up an icing of fresh lemon juice, icing sugar and a bit of pink food colouring. You'll want a nice spreadable icing so just add the lemon juice until you have the right consistency.
Voila now you have piggy cookies! They are very popular on Christmas Day with a cup of coffee.
We've woken up to a fresh snowfall and it's quite a beautiful (if still dark) morning. Today is the day we gather provisions for the next several days and I've got a list long as my arm for Costco. It's going to be a madhouse there. Thank heavens MrBP closed the office yesterday afternoon so we'll be able to do it together, making it a fun event rather than a chore.
Fortunately I was able to source the roasted chestnuts yesterday and as you can see I won't be running out of them this holiday: