Taro coconut snowy mooncakes

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Every year when the Mid-Autumn Festival season approaches, I get giddy thinking about making mooncakes. First, I love khổng lồ bake. Second, I love the artistry of making these cakes. The entire process from making the filling & dough, rolling and stamping the cakes is such a wonderfully creative process. Once done, each cake is unique và truly a work of art!

This post shares the recipe for mooncakes with a sweet filling made of shredded coconut, sunflower and sesame seeds–a classic and popular combination. My recipe is a healthier version using less oil và sugar so you can feel good about making these treats and sharing them with your family và friends. These mooncakes are so scrumptious và so much fun khổng lồ make, you’ll definitely want khổng lồ give this recipe a try. Happy Mooncake Making!

Notes on the Recipe, Tips và Tricks

I’ve shared other mooncake recipes in prior posts so please check them out for more tips và tricks!

Piggy Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival (Banh Trung Thu / Banh Nuong)Mooncakes with Sweet Red Bean Filling (Banh Trung Thu / Banh Nuong Nhan Dau Do)Mooncakes with Salted Egg Yolks (Banh Trung Thu / Banh Nuong Nhan Trung Muoi)

It’s best lớn use fresh or frozen coconut. If using dried coconut, showroom 1/4 – 50% cup water along with the sugar.

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If using raw sesame seeds, toast them in a skillet just lượt thích the sunflower seeds until they are lightly golden.

The cooked glutinous rice flour is a binder và helps the filling to lớn stick together. If you don’t have this, it’s okay. If you work with the filling while it’s warm, you shouldn’t have any problems forming the balls.

If you don’t like peanut oil or have allergies, substitute with a mild-tasting vegetable oil lượt thích soybean or canola.

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Instead of making the syrup from scratch–very time consuming and difficult lớn get right, I use breakfast syrup. Nothing fancy, it’s the Von’s/Safeway brand. They have two varieties, breakfast Original Syrup and Old-Fashioned Syrup (has molasses & brown sugar) và both are good. Any variety will work, provided it’s nice và thick. I also like Lyle’s Golden Syrup

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 which is meant for baking & cooking. It has a really nice distinct flavor.

General rule: the filling lớn dough ratio is 2:1.

If the dough is dry, địa chỉ more peanut oil, a little bit at a time. The dough should be soft & pliable and slightly sticky.

The below recipe is generous & allows for a margin of imperfection. If everything goes well, it actually yields 13 mooncakes