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Celebrating the Moon Cake Festival

Updated: Sep 12, 2021

This year, the Moon Cake Festival or mid-Autumn Festival falls on Tuesday, 21 September, which is the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar when the moon is at its brightest.


The East Asians love to celebrate this festival with colourful lanterns and enjoy the moonlight with mooncakes and tea.


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Enjoy the moonlight with mooncakes and a cup of tea.

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Our favourite mooncake is filled with lotus paste with an egg yolk. Lillie Giang, celebrity chef has shared her Blue Snow Skin Moon Cake Recipe. Lillie was set to be a chef from the moment she was born. She grew up living, breathing and of course, eating dishes that were skillfully whipped up.







Blue Snow Skin Moon Cake Recipe


Mixed Fruit & Nuts Filling

~ 25g filling per mini-mooncake.


Ingredients:

  • 400g mixed fruit and nuts, finely chopped

  • 200g mixed seeds, roasted

  • 2 lap cheong, finely chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons water

  • 50g glutinous rice flour, toasted

  • 3 Tablespoons golden syrup

  • 3 Tablespoons peanut oil

  • 30g candied ginger, finely chopped

  • 1piece mandarin peel, rehydrated & chopped

Note: Each mini-mooncake uses about 25g of filling (adjust for your mould). There is sufficient filling mixture to

make both types of moon cakes. Half this recipe if making only one of the pastries.


Method:

  1. Place chopped lap cheong and 2 tablespoons water in a frypan. Cook on low- medium heat until the water dries up. Add seeds and cook until fragrant.

  2. Toss in the rest of mixed fruits and nuts and cook for a for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir the toasted glutinous flour and wet ingredients. Mix well to combine.

  3. Divide the filling mixture to suite mooncake moulds. Roll filling into round balls. If the mixture filling is too dry or too wet, adjust with a tablespoon of liquid or flour if necessary.


Option 1 - Snow Skin

~ 25g skin per mini-mooncake.

Ingredients:

  • 50g glutinous rice flour

  • 30g rice flour

  • 20g corn starch

  • 50g icing sugar

  • 210g coconut milk

*optional * 1/2 teaspoon pandan powder or blue tea powder


Extra: 1 Tablespoon toasted glutinous rice flour for dusting




Method:

  1. Sieve all dry ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Stir in coconut milk and mix well.

  2. Cover and microwave for two minutes, stir and return to microwave to cook for another 3 minutes.

  3. Stir well to combine and set aside for to cool.

  4. Divide the dough to suit mooncakes moulds.

  5. Flatten each piece of pastry to enclose the filling. Brush with toasted glutinous flour and press into mooncake mould.

  6. Place on baking paper and serve.


Option 2 - Mooncake Skin

~ 25g skin per mini-mooncake.


Ingredients:

  • 80g golden syrup

  • 3 Tablespoons peanut oil

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 Tablespoon water

Extra - 1 Tablespoon toasted glutinous rice for dusting or use oil spray


Method:

  1. Whisk all the wet ingredients together. Add flour and mix well to achieve a soft dough. Add a teaspoon of water or flour at a time to achieve this if necessary.

  2. Wrap dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees celsius.

  3. Divide the dough to suit mooncake mould size. Flatten dough to enclose filling. Press into mooncake mould to shape. Place mooncakes onto a lined baking tray.

  4. Lightly brush the top of each mooncake with egg wash. Spray water over moon cakes and bake for 10 - 12 minutes until golden brown.

  5. Spray mooncakes again and turn up oven to 200 degrees, bake for a further 2 – 3 minutes to a deep golden brown.

  6. Cool and rest mooncakes for at least 24 hours before cutting.


Learn . Cook . Share . with Lillie Giang, also known as The Food Affectionist




 

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1 Comment


Veronica Lind
Veronica Lind
Aug 24, 2021

Pretty unique moon cakes!

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