Mid-Autumn Festival is just next week so what better time to share a Mooncake recipe! Whats more joyous was baking with mom.
Mid Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese Calendar. As a kid, my favorite part of this festival was lighting up lanterns and going for walks around my housing estate. Now that I’m slightly older, my favorite part has since changed to the MoonCake 🙂
In Primary school, I remember during this time, our Chinese text books had stories telling us children what Mid-autumn festival is about. To me, this festival represents reunion and a time of thanksgiving.
The round Mooncake symbolizes wholeness and unity in the family. I read that traditionally, the most senior member of the family would cut the moon cake into pieces and distribute it to members of the family (Thanks Dad! I’ll leave the cutting to you), and this symbolizes reunion.
I think it is a time to thank God for our family and love ones. Many time we neglect the people who are closest to us, and we take them for granted. So lets take this time to honor our family, honor those who are closest to us- and to remember what love is. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a verse we often hear at weddings, and I always relate it to that. But today, it speaks a little different to me- on how I can apply this verse to all those around me. I am still far from this, but working on it.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
My mum has been making and giving mooncakes to her friends for many years and I have always wanted to learn it from her. It is only this year that i managed to spend an afternoon learning from her. Good mother-daughter time. So this is a video I made for my mum (and for me to remember).
MoonCake Recipe – Click here for MoonCakePDFRecipe
- 560g Golden Syrup
- 150g Peanut Oil
- 1 tbsp Alkaline water
- 700g Flour
- 3 kg ready made White Lotus Paste
- 1 Egg Yolk (for egg wash)
Method: Pre-make the dough the day before
- Using a dough hook on your mixer, mix golden syrup, oil, alkaline water until well mixed.
- Add in flour and mix until it forms a dough
- Put in a container and leave it over night or for at least 6 hours
After leaving it overnight,
- Add a little flour and knead the dough. Add more flour if it sticks to your hands
- Weigh out the dough into 50 grams pieces and roll them into balls (You will need 24 balls, whatever remainder can be made into biscuits)
- Weigh out the White Lotus Paste into 122 grams, press it firmly and roll it into balls
- Roll out a ball of dough to about 8cm in diameter, place a ball of lotus paste onto it
- Cover the dough over the lotus paste, rolling it into a ball.
- Flour the surface of the ball
- Press into the Wooden Mooncake mould, band it firmly on one side, followed by the other. It should be able to fall out nicely
- Place it onto a baking tray, ensure space in between each mooncake
- Preheat oven to 190 deg C
- Bake moon cakes in the oven for 6 mins. In the meantime, prepare the egg wash
- Remove from the oven, brush moon cake with the egg yolk
- Bake it for another 8 minutes or until golden-brown
- Allow it cool before storing. Enjoy it the next day to allow the pastry to soften.
I had a great time making MoonCakes with my Mommy
Enjoy your time with your family in your own special ways!