I never really knew what the tradition was for. All I ever remembered was eating 'moon cakes' around this time of year. I never really liked moon cakes. The traditional ones.. are too rich. Too fatty. (They have a lot of larrrrrd). Not delicious in my eyes, as a child. And I still think that way! But with the new types of moon cakes around, such as the snow skin and the mochi ones.. I've found something that I can settle for.
Last year my sister came home with some mochi mooncakes from BreadTop. (They're about $6 for 2 mini ones). And wow! They were nice! I hadn't been eating moon cakes for a while (We'd have the traditional ones each year but I'd never eat any). Haha. They were delicious, and so adorable! I knew I wanted to make some! Hehe :)
So I searched in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore for some moon cake moulds. (There was a slim chance of me finding any in Melbourne. Sigh). But I came back fruitless. I did find some jelly moulds and other kueh moulds, just not proper moon cake ones. :( Luckily for me though... a friend found some in Vietnam for me. Thank you so much A! They were not mini, but they were sufficient enough. Hehe! I'm still on the search for mini moon cake moulds..
This year, we did not buy any moon cakes. It was all up to me.. :/
My first attempt at making snowskin moon cake. I'd like to say it was a success~ :)
Anyone want some for next year? Put in an order, pay me and I'll make you some. :P
(I used the jelly moulds I found in KL to make these mini ones)
Snow skin moon cake
Makes about 21 medium moon cakes
40g wheat starch (tang mien flour)
300g fried glutinous rice flour (koh fun)
245g icing sugar
65g shortening (I used melted copha, a vegetable shortening)
350ml cold water
Custard (fake egg yolk)
25g corn flour
20g low protein flour
20g custard powder
50ml coconut milk
1 egg yolk
10g butter, melted
few drops of yellow colouring
250g taro paste
250g white lotus paste
250g green tea lotus paste
(I bought the pastes, which came in 500g packets. There was also red bean and mung bean also, but I didn't get them)
Make the custard first. Sift all the dry ingredients.
Add the liquid ingredients apart from the butter.
Add the melted butter when all is mixed.
Steam for 30mins or until cooked.
Leave to cool.
When cool, roll into little balls that resemble egg yolks.
For the snow skin, sift all the dry ingredients together.
I then split into 3 bowls (as I made 3 different flavours).
I add matcha powder to one bowl and yam/taro powder to another bowl.
Then split the water into the 3 bowls equally, as with the shortening.
Add some vanilla extract to the last bowl.
Mix until a dough is formed. If too sticky, add more fried glutinous rice flour until it can be handled.
Now you can start making the moon cakes!
Wrap some of the filling around each 'egg yolk'. Then wrap some of the snow skin around that. (I used the matcha snowskin with green tea paste, the vanilla snowskin with white lotus paste and the yam/taro snowskin with the taro paste)
You should now have a three layered ball (outer snowskin, filling and inner custard 'egg yolk').
Dust it with some fried glutinous rice flour. Dust the mooncake mould as well. Press gently into the mould and carefully remove.
And there you go! All you need to do is refrigerate overnight and it is now ready to serve.
They will harden as the days go by. I suggest you consume them within a week.
Slice into 4/6/8 pieces and serve with a nice cup of jasmine tea. ;)
Looks so much like an egg yolk. The texture was quite similar too! Hehe~ :)