Baked mini piggy and bunny mooncakes

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China is getting ready to lớn celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival! One traditional way to take part in the celebration is to lớn enjoy delicious pastries called mooncakes. Our friend Jennifer đậy from Tiny Urban Kitchen has shared her recipe with us – give it a try!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two largest annual festivals celebrated in China. It’s a time for people khổng lồ celebrate the bountiful harvests of summer, appreciate their loved ones, & gaze at the moon at its biggest và brightest.

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It always happens on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, which jumps around on the solar calendar (the one most of us use). This year the holiday lands on September 27th. Typically, people celebrate by feasting, visiting family, and giving each other mooncakes. What’s a mooncake? It’s a disc-sized pastry (shaped a bit like a hockey puck) that is filled with lotus seed paste và one salted egg yolk which is meant khổng lồ represent the moon. In more recent times, people have gotten pretty creative with mooncakes, và all different flavors & shapes have popped up, such as green tea (matcha), snow-skin “mochi”, và even chocolate ice cream!

Today, we will make Snow Skin Mooncakes, which derive their name from the fact that they can be snow trắng on the outside. These mooncakes are eaten cold and can be made without baking.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients1 cup roasted glutinous rice flour3/4 cup powdered sugar2 tablespoons of shortening

50 mL cold water (optionally colored with food coloring)filling of your choice (store bought lotus seed paste, red bean paste)

ToolsMooncake molds

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Mooncake molds are a bit tricky lớn find in a typical U.S. Store. A traditional mooncake mold is carved out of wood. Plastic ones are also available, và are a bit easier to lớn use, especially for a beginner, because it’s easier lớn remove the mooncakes from the mold since you can push it out lượt thích a push pop!

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The filling choice is up lớn you. At Asian supermarkets it’s not too hard to find pre-packaged mooncake fillings, such as lotus seed paste or red bean paste. If you’re really up for a challenge, you can try something lượt thích ice cream! Ice cream is tricky because it melts fast. To counter this, scoop individual balls of ice cream and freeze separately on a tray until they are frozen solid. This may take several hours, or even overnight. Use the densest, most premium ice cream you can find, since those tend khổng lồ be harder.

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First we need to lớn make the roasted glutinous rice flour. Although this type of flour is easy khổng lồ find in Asia, I could not find it in my local Asian grocery store in Boston. Never fear! It is really easy to make. In a saucepan over medium low heat, without any oil, heat the glutinous rice flour for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until it turns a bit tan, starts to smoke, and is fragrant.

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The difference is pretty subtle: can you tell?

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Next, sift together the powdered sugar và the roasted glutinous rice flour. You want to lớn make sure that all the lumps are out! Once everything is mixed, use your hands khổng lồ rub in the shortening or butter until you get a bread-crumb like consistency.

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At this point, you may địa chỉ food coloring lớn your cold water. Then, one tablespoon at a time, slowly set in water until the dough is smooth & kneadable.

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Like this! Cover any portion you are not using with plastic wrap, because it can dry out quickly. If you’re working with a normal, non-melting center, you can roll out the outer dough, wrap it around the inner ball of filling (e.g., lotus seed paste, red bean paste, etc), stuff the ball into the mooncake mold, and push it out!

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If your ice cream is super rock solid, the above method may work for you. Otherwise, you can try stuffing the skin into the mold first, adding the ice cream, closing up the bottom, và then punching it out.
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