Haycorns for Piglet

Posted June 5, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 4 Comments


I’m a huge fan of the original Winnie the Pooh books. I love the humble wisdom at the heart of each story and the timelessness of the characters.

Piglet is a particular favorite of mine, because he shows that greatness can come in a tiny package. When we meet him, he is a timid, Very Small Animal who is always eager to let another take the lead. Then in a moment of danger, he performs an act of bravery worthy of having his own poem written by Pooh! Of course, Piglet never loses his signature sweetness, but he holds his head a bit higher after that day.

I’m not a big poem writer like Pooh, so I’m showing my appreciation for Piglet by making his favorite food: haycorns! Of course, actual acorns aren’t that palatable, but these cheese-based reproductions are just the thing to start a culinary journey through the Hundred Acre Wood. Enjoy!

 

Haycorns for Piglet

“I’m planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree, and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having to walk miles and miles. Do you see, Pooh?”
— Winnie the Pooh

INGREDIENTS:

  • 7 oz Merkt’s Swiss Almond Cheese Spread (half a container)
  • 3 oz 2-month aged Asiago
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 oz sliced almonds

 

Makes approximately 1 dozen haycorns

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First off, you’ll want to toast and crush your almonds.
  2. Shred up that Asiago!

    I have no shame when it comes to my love of Asiago. I went to a wine tasting once and spent the entire time hovering by the Cabernet table sneaking extra Asiago samples.
  3. Combine the Asiago, Worchestershire sauce, and Swiss almond spread together in a medium-sized bowl and stir until completely combined. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Spoon the cheese into a pastry bag with a large, round piping tip and pipe the cheese into cone-type shapes on a baking sheet. To get the desired acorn shape, smooth them with your finger using a downward swiping motion, and pinch the tip a little. When you’re done, it should look something like this:

    Don’t sweat it if they aren’t pretty when you pipe them out. The one in the background hasn’t been smoothed out yet, so as you can see, mine started out looking pretty funky. It’s the smoothing that makes ’em appetizing!
  5. Drape some plastic wrap over the baking sheet and chill for another 30 minutes (or until the haycorns are firm).
  6. Roll the bottom half of each haycorn around in the crushed almonds, to get the look of an acorn cap. Be sure to apply a little pressure so the almonds stick!

    It’s really important to make sure the bottom is well coated. That’s what keeps it from sticking to the serving dish.
  7.  Enjoy while reading Winnie the Pooh in the company of your favorite Very Small Animal! 🙂

    If you don’t plan on eating them right away, re-cover them with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

 

 

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Here’s the Yummly printable!

Haycorns for Piglet

Makes 12 haycorns

Ingredients

  • 7 oz Merkt's Swiss Almond Cheese Spread (half a container)
  • 3 oz 2-month aged Asiago
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 oz sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. First off, you'll want to toast and crush your almonds.
  2. Shred up that Asiago!
  3. Combine the Asiago, Worchestershire sauce, and Swiss almond spread together in a medium-sized bowl and stir until completely combined. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Spoon the cheese into a pastry bag with a large, round piping tip and pipe the cheese into cone-type shapes on a baking sheet. To get the desired acorn shape, smooth them with your finger using a downward swiping motion, and pinch the tip a little.
  5. Drape some plastic wrap over the baking sheet and chill for another 30 minutes (or until the haycorns are firm).
  6. Roll the bottom half of each haycorn around in the crushed almonds, to get the look of an acorn cap. Be sure to apply a little pressure so the almonds stick!
  7. Enjoy while reading Winnie the Pooh in the company of your favorite Very Small Animal!
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4 responses to “Haycorns for Piglet

  1. Winnie the Pooh! I should have guessed 🙂 I was thinking that you were going to do The Secret Life of Bees. Can’t wait to try a small smackerel of these 🙂 They look super delicious.

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