We spend all day staring at the cutest cards and stationery. So naturally our minds start wandering and coming up with ideas to put together an amazing party or create a sweet gift. Every month we’ll be sharing a card or stationery item that has inspired a fun decorating project or a delicious treat. We’ll give you the recipes and DIY directions so it’s super easy to “borrow” these awesome ideas for your own party!
First up? This little piggy gift tag!
We were instantly smitten with this gift tag. So we thought… how cute would it be to make this piggy bread, wrap it up in a little cellophane baggy and attach the gift tag? What a perfect party favor!
Want to make Piggy Bread yourself? Check out this darling recipe we found over at Café Chocolada.
Ingredients to make about 20 piglets
Dough: 13.5 oz all purpose flour 1 package instant dry yeast 1 egg 7 oz plain yogurt 3.5 oz warm milk a pinch of salt
Puffed or flaky dough: 5.5 oz flour 3.5 oz magarine (unsalted) pinch of salt
Filling: As much as you like: cheese, tomato (pizza) sauce, oregano (or something else you would like for filling)
Wash: Egg white to use as adhesive Egg yolk and some milk to brush on at the end
•First, make dough by mixing all ingredients together, then let it rise in a warm place.
•In the meantime, make puff dough with the second batch of ingredients. Then mix it into the risen dough (yes, mix them together). Work it well on a floured surface.
•Roll the dough and with a round cookie cutter (or other round object) cut out circles about 3 inches in diameter. Leave some dough for ears and noses.
•Make filling with cheese, tomato sauce (pizza sauce) and oregano. You can be creative and use different kinds of ingredients to make a filling of your own. You can also add ham or salami or vegetables.
•Place half of circles onto a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), brush the edges with the egg white wash.
•Put some filling in the middle, cover with the other half of the circles, and press the edges to ensure nothing will come out while baking.
•With the remainder of the dough, make much smaller circles for the nose. Then make some circles around 2 inches in diameter. Cut these in quarters for the ears. Use the egg whites as a an adhesive for the ears and nose.
•For eyes and nostrils use a toothpick to make little lines and then inside, put cumin, pepper or something similar.
•Now that you have little piglets, let them rise again for a little while. Then brush them with a little bit of egg yolk wash mixed with a little bit of milk.
•Bake for about 20-25 minutes at about 385-405 degrees F.
Our note: You can use some other kind of herb for the eyes if you are concerned about kids biting into peppercorns, or just warn your kids to pop out the yes before eating.
We’d love to see pictures and hear your stories about how you’ve been inspired by one of our stationery items. Embarking on your own little baking adventure? Working on a décor project? Do share by leaving a comment below or send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.