Mooncake is a Chinese dessert. This cake is normally made during the mid-autumn season when Chinese people celebrate a festival known as the Zhongqiu festival.
During this festival they share this cake among their family and friends, and it is thought to bring good luck and success. There are many variations of mooncake, and it can be made with various types of fillings.
Servings per recipe: 10-15
Preparation time required: 50-60 minutes
Cooking time required: 30-40 minutes
Ingredients Required for the Crust
1 ½ cup of flour
½ cup of cooking oil
1 ½ teaspoon of alkaline water
250 grams of mooncake golden syrup
Food coloring (if desired)
Ingredients Required for the Filling
10-15 salted egg yolks
1 pound of red adzuki beans
A bowl of water
2 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Method for Preparation
1. Take the red adzuki beans and soak them in water for at least 2 hours. Discard the water after 2 hours and then soak them in boiling water. Take a sauce pan and fill it half with water. Put the sauce pan on high heat and pour the adzuki red beans into the sauce pan, once the water starts boiling.
2. Let the adzuki beans simmer for ½ to 1 hour, so that the skins of the beans start coming out. Once done, filter out the adzuki beans by using a sieve and then wrap them in a muslin cloth, to squeeze out the excess water. Take a large mixing bowl and put the vegetable oil, mooncake golden syrup, alkaline water and baking soda in it. Mix all these ingredients properly to make a smooth paste.
3. After that, sift the flour into the mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients properly and continue mixing until smooth dough is formed; but the dough can be a bit tacky. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrapper and keep it aside for a maximum of three days. Your dough will become quite soft and smooth if you allow it to stand for a long time.
4. Now take the salted eggs and break them open. Place a bowl below your hand to collect the egg whites in that, because, you will only need the egg yolks. Collect the egg yolks and steam them over medium heat for at least ten minutes, before wrapping them up.
5. Now take a sauce pan and put 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in it. Put the boiled adzuki beans, water and the sugar in the sauce pan and stir the mixture until it becomes dry. Turn off the gas and knead the adzuki beans to make a smooth dough-like thing. Let the mashed dough cool down for some time and then divide it into small 10 to 15 balls of equal sizes.
6. Now take the steamed salted egg yolks and wrap them up with the adzuki bean balls. Wrap the yolks carefully, to prevent them from breaking. Take the crust dough and divide it into 10 to 15 balls. Flatten the balls and then insert the yolk filled adzuki balls into the crust dough. Wrap the dough over the adzuki balls.
7. Make similar balls and keep them aside. Take a round or square mold and place the ball below the mold. If you don’t get the mold in your area, then you can also use cookie molds.
8. Put one ball below the mold and press it with the mold to make the impression and the desired shape. Continue molding the other balls and keep them over a baking tray. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then put the baking tray into the oven.
9. Bake the mooncakes for 10 minutes and then take them out. Brush the top and sides of each of the mooncakes with egg yolk and then again put them in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Remove the mooncakes form the oven and serve them with hot Chinese tea.
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