The 12th night of Yule is Oath Night, and is sacred to all our gods and goddesses. Our craft of the day is lucky marzipan pigs.
In modern times, Ásatrúar make their oaths on a sacred hammer or oath ring, but once upon a time, Yule oaths were made on a hog’s head. Pigs were sacred to many deities and so it was a sacred food of many northern cultures. Maybe that is why, in places like Germany, Norway and Denmark, marzipan pigs are given in the Yule season for good luck and fortune in the year to come.
To make the marzipan, you will need:
1 1/2 to 2 cups almond flour
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar (plus more for kneading)
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
a few drops of red or pink food coloring
Begin by blending almond flour and powdered sugar in a food processor. I used 1 1/2 cups of each, and mine turned out very moist, so you may want to try closer to 2 cups instead. Next, add egg white, extract and food coloring while food processor is running. Process a bit longer. Take out and knead on a surface spread with powdered sugar. After the marzipan is kneaded well, you can begin shaping.
Make little fat sausage shapes for the body, indented in the middle to differentiate head from body. Shape little triangles for ears. Push into the pig’s head and indent inside of ear at the same time with a skewer or toothpick. If your marzipan isn’t moist enough to stick, dab on a little water. Make a flattened circle and indent nostrils with the toothpick. Poke holes for eyes. Feet are just rolled lumps of the marzipan. Roll out a little curly-cue tail. Our batch made nine little pigs.