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Exquisite and delightful Mooncakes with Lotus Seed Paste and Salted Egg Yolks, perfect for celebrating the Lunar New Year & Mid-Autumn Festival! Full và comprehensive recipe to make mooncakes và their fillings from scratch with step-by-step photos.

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Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival or the Harvest Festival, is celebrated in many countries in south-east Asia. The festival is celebrated in different ways – và for different reasons – in different countries, but what is familiar lớn each festival is the gifting of mooncakes lớn symbolise family, love and celebration.

In Asian culture, the gifting of mooncakes is similar lớn sending a Christmas card. Growing up, my mother used to lớn order fresh mooncakes from the local Chinese bakery, & she would gift them to lớn all of our friends, families and neighbours. In return, we used lớn receive a lot of mooncakes too, and I have fond memories of cutting a small piece from each mooncake to lớn sample.

Traditionally, a mooncake is cut into the same number of pieces as there are family members. Hence, that is why the shops typically sell larger-sized mooncakes. However, my mother used khổng lồ ignore this rule; she had 11 brothers and sisters when she was growing up & no mooncake was ever large enough for her family!

What are Mooncakes?

Mooncakes vary from country to country. I grew up eating the Cantonese-style mooncakes which are similar lớn those pictured here: a thick golden pastry wrapped around a sweet bean filling with a salted egg yolk in the centre.

The egg yolk is meant to represent the moon, and the traditional patterns on top of the mooncakes typically have Chinese characters with wishes of good health & prosperity.

Other mooncakes I grew up eating had a flaky pastry, either with the same bean filling, or with a dense filling of chopped nuts (I wasn’t a fan hâm mộ of the latter).

The options for fillings are endless, and there are many “modern” fillings floating around these days, e.g. My Chocolate Fudge Mooncakes, which might appeal more lớn those not familiar with Asian flavours and textures.

But maybe it is age-related, or that I am simply becoming more nostalgic as I get older, but I feel it is important to keep old traditions alive. My kids are not big fans of Asian desserts, và I’m not sure I was a tín đồ myself when I was their age. But I now crave many Asian cakes & desserts from my childhood, và I hope that my kids might change their minds one day too.

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Homemade Mooncakes

Why would anyone make mooncakes at trang chủ when you can buy beautifully ready-made ones in the shops?

For me, I moved to Switzerland some 16 years ago. Whilst I am undoubtedly spoilt by the delights of French, Italian và German breads & pastries on offer here, after a few years, I started khổng lồ miss the many Asian cakes & pastries of my childhood.

In the last 10 years or more, I have been steadily teaching myself to make many Asian baked goods at home. My Chinese Coconut Buns & Hot Dog Flower Buns are a hit with my kids, & I’m hoping they will feel the same way soon about mooncakes.

In recent years, I have seen mooncakes sold at our local Asian grocer, but the variety is very limited, they are very expensive and – to lớn be very honest – not very appetising. They are typically long-haul imported & made god-knows-when, & the neither the filling nor the crust have the taste và smell that I remember as a child.

No doubt, the variety of mooncakes on offer in Chinatown bakeries in australia are probably on par with those sold in Hong Kong và China, but the random selection I have seen here in Switzerland have been fairly grim.

This is why I started making mooncakes at trang chủ – I want my kids to also be familiar with these cakes & their tradition as they grow older. Và lucky them … I think homemade mooncakes are much tastier than the shop-bought ones! You can adapt the filling to lớn suit your tastes, & I think homemade fillings taste more fresh & wholesome.

Mooncake Flavours

When making mooncakes, I like to make a variety of fillings, just so there is something for everyone. I always make mooncakes with a Lotus Seed Paste filling, a red bean filling, & something fun lượt thích a chocolate fudge filling.

If you choose khổng lồ use different fillings, I recommend using the same mould for a particular filling, so that you can easily identify them later. For example, I use square moulds for Lotus Seed Paste, round moulds for red bean paste, và the cartoon/kids moulds for any “Western” filling.

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Mooncake Moulds

Pressing the mooncakes into different fancy shapes is undoubtedly the fun part of this recipe!

The mooncake moulds I use for this recipe are cheap & cheerful sets which are readily available on Amazon.

I recommend buying a set with multiple moulds so that you have a variety of patterns lớn use, and also a combination of square & round moulds.

If you are trying to introduce young children to mooncakes (or any Asian cake, for that matter), it helps to have fun, cartoon shapes on hand lớn entice them. Although, I am rather impartial to the Hello Kitty moulds for myself!

The mooncake moulds come in a few sizes – 50 g for small mooncakes (generally a good portion for 1 person), or 100 g for large mooncakes intended for sharing.

You can also buy mooncake moulds in other sizes, but you will need a good maths background lớn calculate the ratio of dough to lớn filling