How To Make Moon Cake S For The Little Ones

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My family is so excited khổng lồ celebrate one of our favorite Chinese celebrations soon. It’s called the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節, Zhōngqiū Jié). The celebration is around the new fall moon so under the lunar calendar this year it will be on Friday, September 13, 2019. Many countries in Asia observe this festival including Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, and Cambodia. My husband is Taiwanese American so the way we celebrate & make our mooncakes might be different than others. 

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The focus of the celebration for us, whether we are in Taiwan or Virginia, is gathering family and friends outside to chia sẻ mooncakes, tea, và a mini lantern parade while watching the beautiful new moon. We are so grateful lớn have wonderful neighbors who come over for our yearly celebration!

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Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with neighbors last year. Photo by MulticulturalMama.

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Mooncakes and lanterns are the centerpieces for kids and adults alike, so here’s our Easy Mooncake Recipe for Kids. I won’t promise they will turn out as pretty as the store-bought ones, but the fun you’ll have while making them can’t be bought! There are tons of more traditional recipes out there to check out, but they require more specific ingredients like lye water and golden syrup.

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The recipe below requires only 5 simple ingredients and uses a simple process to lớn include the kiddos in the fun! 

A quick note about Mooncakes: 

I still remember eating my first mooncake at a Mid-Autumn festival at a Chinese Church where I would later meet my husband. My friends were excited for me lớn try my first mooncake. I was excited, too, because the filling looked like fudgy chocolate. But when I took my first bite, I must admit I excused myself lớn spit it out…. I had no idea it was red bean filling! Don’t worry, I’ve grown to love them so much now, but you vị need to know it’s sweetened by red bean!

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Easy Mooncake Recipe with Kids 

(Makes 4 mooncakes at a time)

Ingredients: ¼ cup of sugar2 egg yolks½ cup salted butter (softened, not melted)1 cup all-purpose flour1 cup red bean paste (can be purchased at an Asian grocery store in a can)Materials needed:Instructions:Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° Celsius)Combine the butter, sugar và 1 egg yolk & stir.Mix in the flour until it turns into dough.Create one large dough ball & wrap in plastic wrap.Put the dough ball in the refrigerator for half an hour which will help the dough from becoming too flaky.Take the dough out of the refrigerator & make into 4 small balls in the palms of your hands. Make a hole with your thumb in the center of each mooncake and fill with a small teaspoon of red bean paste. Wrap the dough over the paste và put in the mooncake mold and press it out. 
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Use a mooncake press to stamp out the cake. Photo by MulticulturalMama.Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
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Pressed mooncake uncooked. Photo by MulticulturalMama.The last step is lớn brush each cake with another beaten egg yolk for that golden-brown crust. Bake for about đôi mươi minutes and kiểm tra to make sure the edges are slightly brown.Enjoy! Preferably have it with tea outside looking at the new moon! The finished product is a little messy but still delicious! Photo by MulticulturalMama.

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