Rabbit cookie with Chinese red bean paste

By Carlotta

Let’s go to China!

On February 3rd 2011 began the year of the Rabbit according to Chinese Horoscope. The rabbit is the fourth of the twelve signs corresponding to twelve animals. In China people spend this holiday with their family, exchanging gifts and having a big dinner, a bit like our Christmas. There is also a traditional big house cleaning, similar to our spring cleaning.

At the stroke of midnight begins the big celebration: fireworks in the street and  a colorful and long parade of red colored paper lions and dragons, symbol of prosperity.  They  ride through the streets to ward off evil spirits.

According to the “Feng Shui” the rabbit represents spring, youth, movement and activity. This year has been launched the “the rabbit’s greeting“,  which is made by joining  hands and raising thumbs in an imitation of the rabbit’s ears. Cute, right? And everyone wants a rabbit as house pet.

Ingredients: Chinese sweet red bean paste, 250 g flour, 125 gr. butter, 1 egg, 100 g sugar, a pinch of salt, lemon peel, food marker to decorate.

As usual, we used our favorite  shortcrust pastry recipe (see Beetroot and lemon cookies), but you can also use some ready-made pastry.

Preparation: put in a bowl flour, sugar, salt and lemon peel (remember how to do it? Use the lemon zester, but be careful as to take only the yellow part of the lemon, the white is bitter).  Add the cold butter cut into small lumps,  eggs and mix the ingredients. Work as little as possible,  the less the better.

Pastry recipe for Bimby owners:

Put in the Bimby  the rind of lemons and sugar, 10 sec., speed   8.

Add flour, salt, butter and eggs and mix 20 seconds.,  speed. 5.

When the ingredients are well blended form a ball, cover with foil and refrigerate.

After about 30 minutes, roll on a floured surface and let your children cut the rabbits with the cookie cutters. Spread a teaspoon of beans cream on each rabbit and close with another small rabbit. Bake at 170° for about 15 minutes. Use a food marker (Daniela and I use American FooDoodler, that you you can also order at www.nycake.com) to draw eyes, ears and whiskers on your bunny,  et voila! Ready to be eaten. Have fun!

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  1. ma che idea grandiosa…davvero adorabile…io lavoro con i bambini perciò le tue idee mi piacciono tantissimo!

  2. Carlotta says:

    Ma…grazie!! E’ vero che lavorare con i bambini e’ di grande ispirazione?? Continua a seguirci e alla prossima.

  3. Simona says:

    Peccato non avere il bimby…. Ricetta molto originale!!!

  4. Carlotta says:

    Originale e anche tanto saporita!! Prova anche se non hai il bimby…come facevano una volta le nonne e tutte le cuoche che non sono bimbyste!! Bacioni e grazie della visita.

  5. Santa polpetta sono in ritardissimo con la storia del coniglio…mi perdonate???

  6. Daniela says:

    Ma certo Donatella, hai ancora qualche mese di tempo… prima che finisce l’anno del coniglio!

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