Puppet with egg

It is a biscuit of ancient peasant origin, traditionally served at Easter.
The peculiarity of this sweet is the presence of a hard-boiled egg, as a symbol of life and rebirth, which is inserted into the shortcrust pastry with its whole shell.

500gr flour
150 gr sugar
150gr lard
100ml milk
2 eggs
5gr ammonia
1 sachet of vanilla flavouring

For the icing
3 egg whites
500gr icing sugar
1 lemon

Mix the flour with all the ingredients, adding the milk little by little until a solid dough is obtained.
Leave to stand in the fridge for about an hour.
Subsequently, divide into portions and give each of them different shapes, fix the hard-boiled egg on each sheet covering it with strips of dough arranged in the shape of a cross.
Cook at 180°C for 30 minutes.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, add the icing sugar and the juice of a lemon.
As soon as they are whisked, with the help of a brush, brush the puppets with the egg and cover them entirely with icing.
Before the icing hardens too much, sprinkle with the colored sugared almonds.

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