Craving For Mooncake? Here Are 5 Easy Recipes To Try This Mid-Autumn Festival

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Colourful lanterns, talks under a starry night, and of course, slices of tasty mooncake! Anchored in history and folklore, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a joyous occasion as friends and family get together to catch up over the indispensable dessert. For this year, instead of buying mooncakes from hotels and restaurants, why not try making some yourself? Trust us; it’s fun and only requires a handful of ingredients. Here’s our guide on how to make mooncakes (including a delectable snow skin mooncake recipe).

How To Make Mooncakes With These Easy Recipes

Lotus Mooncake With Salted Egg

It can’t get any more authentic than a lotus mooncake with savoury salted eggs! Enjoyed by people from all walks of life, generation after generation, this treat consists of a thick lotus seed paste encased by thin moist skin. But perhaps what brings this mooncake to the next level is the inclusion of a whole salted egg yolk. When cooked, the egg becomes soft and crumbly, adding a slight umami flavour profile to the overall dessert.

Don’t forget to use a mooncake mould to create unique designs for your creations! Watch the video above on how to make a lotus mooncake with salted egg, and bookmark the recipe list below for reference. 

Recipe Ingredients: 

Lotus Seed Filling:

Skin:

  • 150g of golden syrup
  • 50g of sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp of lye water
  • 220g of all-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch for dusting

Egg Wash:

Others:

  • Salted egg yolks

Traditional Mooncake With Red Bean Paste

Besides lotus, red bean is another commonly used filling in mooncakes. Also a staple element in Japanese and Korean-styled desserts, red bean paste is sweet with a distinctive graininess that resembles a bread spread. This recipe by renowned Internet-famous professional chef Joshua Weissman is simple and straightforward, letting the mooncake shine with good quality ingredients.  

The omission of salted egg yolks here results in a sweeter creation. Hence, adjust the volume of sugar if you’d like your cakes less sweet!

Recipe Ingredients:

Red Bean Filling:

Lotus Seed Filling:

  • 320g of dried lotus seed
  • 200g of powdered sugar
  • 250g of oil

Skin: 

Shanghai Mooncake With Taro Filling

The outer layer of a Shanghai mooncake is crisp and crumbly. The texture is almost biscuit-like and has a strong, unmistakable buttery taste to it. As traditions dictate, Shanghai mooncake is usually filled with lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk. However, this recipe opts for a modern approach, using sweet and succulent taro as the star ingredient. That said, salted egg yolk remains a key component to counter-off the sweetness of the taro.

When thinking about how to make a Shanghai mooncake’s crusty pastry, butter is the key! So make sure you have adequate amounts of it when prepping the dough. Coconut oil works too, but some might find the aroma too overpowering.

Recipe Ingredients:

Taro Filling:

Skin:

  • 175g of plain flour
  • 25g of cornstarch
  • 30g of milk powder
  • 35g of icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 115g of diced cold butter
  • 30g of eggs, lightly beaten

Others:

Pandan Jelly Mooncake

If you don’t have an oven or just aren’t keen on the prep work that comes with conventional mooncake making, give this agar-agar recipe a go. What’s more, this jelly mooncake uses all-natural ingredients to recreate the look and feel of its traditional equivalents. For example, the “salted egg yolk” is made using carrot while the filling is a mash-up of coconut milk and pandan leaves. 

And yes, you’ll still get the same photogenic layers when cutting through it, provided that you use special moulding trays meant for agar-agar mooncakes.

Recipe Ingredients:

“Egg Yolk” Mix:

Filling:

  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of agar-agar powder
  • ½ tsp of jelly powder
  • 250ml of water
  • 70ml of coconut milk
  • 1 piece of pandan leaf

Skin:

  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of agar-agar powder
  • ½ tsp of jelly powder
  • 3 pieces of pandan leaves
  • 250ml of water
  • 60ml of coconut milk 

Snow Skin Mooncake With Custard Filling

Quite possibly the most popular non-bake mooncake, snow skin mooncakes get their smooth texture and distinct fragrance from cooked glutinous rice flour. The ingredients also give the skin a chewy and soft bite. Snow skin mooncakes come with embossed motifs like traditional ones, but mostly in pleasing pastel colours. 

Resembling a colour wheel, there are countless possibilities of snow skin mooncake variations. It’s all a matter of how you choose to make the mooncake. Any natural or synthetic flavourings can be added to the mixture. Otherwise, go with the flour’s natural off-white shade as depicted in this snow skin mooncake recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

Skin: 

Filling:

How To Gift Mooncakes To Friends And Family

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Now that you know how to make mooncakes, the next thing you need is a presentable box if you plan to gift some to your loved ones! There are a few ways to go about this. You can choose a rustic pull-out drawer that has a surprise element to it, or ones with separate compartments for a neat and Instagram-ready aesthetic. 

As a final touch, put it all together in a sturdy gift bag. And you don’t have to go with the usual brown renditions either. There is a myriad of colours, designs, materials, and handle types to choose from. Just pick one that suits your gift and the receiver best!

This Mid-Autumn Festival, Follow These Recipes On How To Make Mooncakes

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We hope you’re excited about the Mid-Autumn Festival this year! It might be a smaller affair this time due to the pandemic, but it’s still a celebration worth having nonetheless—since you now know how to make mooncakes and snow skin mooncakes from the recipes above! Have an insatiable appetite for sweet treats? Check out these microwave cake recipes or these Lotus Biscoff ones to fulfil your cravings.

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