Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pandan Snow Skin Mooncake


Mid-Autumn festival or Mooncake Festival falls on October 3rd in the year 2009 ,that is this coming Saturday.Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate "zhong qiu jie."Moon cakes are typically round, symbolizing the full round moon of the mid-autumn festival. They are usually made with four egg yolks, representing the four phases of the moon, and are sweet, filled with sweet bean or lotus seed paste.This year I'm not into baking mooncake but I still have some lotus paste leftover in freezer. While I was blog hopping I saw happyflour make beautiful snow skin mooncake posted in her blog. I never try to make any snow skin mooncake before but would love to try..I found out snow skin mooncake is 10 times easier than traditional baked mooncake but my 1st experiment making snow skin is not really up to the expectation or pretty at all.I realised I didn't knead and press the dough hard enough into the mould .The down side is I was too excited to take the photos right away,didn't let the tapioca flour sit on the mooncake for awhile first..Well...you will see some white powder still on the surface..I also adpated the recipe slightly to suit me..If you're looking for the original recipe ,hop over to Happyflour !!








Ingredients:
105g kao fen (cooked glutinous rice flour)
30g shortening
95g icing sugar
1tbsp fresh milk/evaporated milk
100g water ( I used 160 g water)
60g pandan juice ( I replaced with water)
1/2 tsp pandan essence ( I used 2 drops)



Filling:
400g lotus paste
50g tapioca flour/Hong Kong flour(steamed for 10mins, cool and sift twice


Method for Dough:


1. Sift kao fen and icing sugar together.

2. Rub in shortening into the flour mixture until it resemble bread crumb.

3. Mix all the liquid and essence together.

4. Add in liquid mixture into the flour mixture and mix to form soft dough. Do not overmix. (You may need more or less liquid depend on the quality of the flour. Dough will look rough but soft in texture.)

5. Cover the dough and rest in the fridge for 15 mins.(I leave it on the counter since my kitchen is cold)



Filling:

1. Divide the lotus paste into 10 portions of 40g each.( mine is about 100 gm each)

2. Roll them into balls.



Shaping:

1. Divide dough into 10 portions of 37g each.(mine is about 80 g each)

2. Dust the surface, rolling pin and mould lightly with flour.

3. Roll out the dough, leave the centre slightly thicker than the edge.

4. Wrap the dough with the lotus paste and seal the edges.

5. Press into the mould and plunge it out slowly.

6. Use a brush to brush away excess flour around the mooncake.

7. Chill in the fridge and serve.





Note:

Weight of the skin and filling depend on the size of the mould.



I wonder why with my mooncake mould I only able to make 6 pieces instead of 10 pieces mooncake.Isn't there a special mooncake mould for snow skin? Or it's the snow skin mould smaller in size than regular traditional mooncake mould?

The recipe warned not to over mix the dough,so I didn't really mix the dough enough.No wonder the skin look not smooth at all..


I follow the recipe weighting the lotus paste but realised that my mould is bigger need more dough and paste in order to fill up the mould..

steamed tapioca flour for brushing

wooden mould is not suitable for snowskin mooncake*sigh*

too bad I only have one plastic mould..






7 comments :

Anncoo said...

This is not bad for your first attempt. Not all moulds are standard size, so before you mould your mooncake you need to measure first.
Before you mould your mooncake it is better to roll the ball on the flour (not too much flour) and then press it into the mould.

2crazydogs said...

First attempt look so good already, I can imagine the following attempts! :)

Happy Mooncake festival to you and family!

Sunshine said...

I love snow skin moon cakes but my mom don't buy for me when I was back home because she said is too sweet so I only depended on my dad's customers to give us..LOL
I was thinking of asking my mom to get me moon cake mold but my aunt who use to teach baking said that moon cake is very challenging to make.
Your moon cake looks really pretty. Don't look like this is the first time you actually made it.
Does Eliot makan moon cake? Hope you guys have a great moon cake festival.
p/s: Did you make your own lotus paste?

My Asian Kitchen said...

Anncoo:
Thanks for your tips and kind words:) now I learn from mistake and will improve better next time:)

2crazydog:
thank you for your kind words:) happy mid autumn festival to you too:)

sunshine:
thank you for your compliments:) No I didn't make the lotus paste,I brought back from Malaysia..Eliot not interested in chinese cake la.I'm also not a fan of mooncake but love to experiment soemthing new.actually snow skin mooncake is very easy to make..if you live near me I will throw you few pieces of this gem...haha!

Sunshine said...

Hahaha if I leave close to you I know I could eat more than moon cake! I only like to eat moon cake with yolk the more yolk the better and is so expensive with lots of yolk. Did you buy any moon cake here in the states? Three years ago I bought two moon cake in Minneapolis (where dawn is living) the moon cake taste horrible! I think is made in USA. The lotus paste was horrible!Have u tried the moon cake made here? I am thinking of getting some here but hopefully the ones from Hong Kong because I hear that moon cake from Hong Kong taste good.

Anonymous said...

They look beautiful, but I can't try and make them unless they are converted to american measurements. Can you do that for me? Thanks!
RAe

Crystabibble said...

Hi, thankyou so much for your recipe! I really look forward to trying it out :D I just have a little question though...in the method for the dough, in step 2 , what is meant by shortening? I've not heard of it before :S Any help is appreciated! :D

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