Is Mid Autumn Festival again and every year the festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month according to the Chinese calendar. This year Mid-Autumn festival falls on September 8th. I am feeling really homesick especially during the traditional festival where my family will get together to have dinner. Our family groups are getting smaller as most of my nieces are away from home either working or studying overseas. Anyway my heart will always be with my family even though we are thousands of miles apart.
I actually have no intention of making these mooncakes but after looking at the prices of mooncakes sold here I just can’t bring myself to buy any. The cheapest box of 4 pieces cost over $20.00 and they are mostly from China. The one from Hong Kong cost over $40.00 a box. I can’t bring myself to pay this kind of money for it. So I decided to make some myself this year.
This last time I tried making traditional mooncakes was over 27 years ago. My friend Karine and I went for some mooncake making lesson and I did tried making it. I find it was too much work as I have to make the lotus paste and red bean paste from scratch. During that time we can’t buy any readymade paste. The mooncakes didn’t turn out nice either. The mooncakes look like elephant feet (small on top and wide at the bottom) So after 20 something years I am making it again and it turn out pretty well if I do say so myself.
Source: Butter, Flour and Me
Make 22 small mooncakes
150gram golden syrup
60gram vegetable oil or peanut oil
5gram alkaline water
250gram cake flour - sieve
700gram red bean paste/ lotus paste (shape into round ball, 30g each)
1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp water /milk
1. In a mixing bowl whisk together golden syrup, oil and alkaline water. Whisk really well. Add in sifted flour; mix with a spatula until well combined. Do not knead, cover and set it aside for an hour. 2. In the meantime weigh out the filling into 30 gram each. Roll into round balls. Cover and set it aside.
3. Preparing a baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
4. Turn the dough out on a work surface, and give it a few knead. It should not be sticky. Weigh out the dough into 20 gram each. Roll into ball and lightly flatten.
5. Place a ball piece of the filling in the middle, wrap up and round a ball. Coat the ball lightly with some flour and do the same to the mooncake mold too. Press the ball into the mooncake mold. Knock out the mooncake.
6. Place the mooncake on the baking pan. Do the same to the rest of the dough.
7. Pre-heat the oven to 370 degree F. Spray the mooncakes with some water (to avoid cracks when baking) Bake it for 10 minutes and remove it from oven and let it cools down for 15 minutes.
8. Brush the egg evenly on the mooncakes and continue to bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 9. Once the mooncake is cool, put it in an airtight container. Leave it for 2-3 days before consumption. This process is to let the mooncakes surface to soften and get shinny and glossy.
I would like to wish my family and friends Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.