Sunday, July 27, 2014

Traditional Baked Mooncake (includes steps and different varieties ideas)

Time pass by so quickly that it's this year where I have set a goal to check mooncake off my exploration list. Since Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival a.k.a Mooncake Festival only comes once a year, it's definate the time to start experimenting!

This recipe yields 7, 160g++ Mooncakes


Mooncake Dough, Salted Egg Yolk & Glaze

Dough Ingredients
150g Superfine Flour
90g Golden Syrup
40ml Peanut Oil
5ml Alkaline Water

1. Mix Golden Syrup, Peanut Oil, Alkaline Water until well combine then set aside.
2. Sift Superfine Flour in a small mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
3. Pour in the Syrup Mixture in and use a spatula to slowly fold in until well combine.
4. Portion the dough into 40g per portion and cover it with plastic while it rest.


Glaze Ingredients
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Peanut Oil

Mix till well combine then pour it through a sift then set aside.

Salted Egg Yolk Ingredients
Salted Egg Yolk
Drizzle of Chinese Cooking Wine
Drizzle of Sesame Oil

Remove salted egg yolk whites and place the Salted Egg Yolk in a plate add Chinese Cooking Wine & Sesame Oil. Coat well and put in the steamer to steam for 5mins and leave it to cool.


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Below is my creations: All here to share! Will update more soon and hopefully add on the step by step guide photos. Below are the experimented best weight of paste & other required ingredients.

Plain Paste Mooncake
Total 875g; per mooncake 125g Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Next Roll the paste into a ball.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

Single Yolk Golden Lotus Paste Mooncake
Total 770g; per mooncake 110g Golden Lotus Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds
Total 7; per mooncake 1 steamed Salted Egg Yolks

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Next Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the Salted Egg Yolks and wrap the paste around it evenly.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

Double Yolk Golden Lotus Paste Mooncake
Total 665g; per mooncake 95g Golden Lotus Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds
Total 14; per mooncake 2 prepared Salted Egg Yolks

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the some nuts and wrap the paste around it evenly, repeat until the total weight portion is 125g.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

Mixed Nuts Lotus Paste Mooncake
Total 315g; per mooncake 45g Golden Lotus Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted White Sesame Seeds
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Black Sesame Seeds
Total 126g; per mooncake 18g Macadamia Nuts
Total 126g; per mooncake 18g Dried Cranberries
Total 126g; per mooncake 18g Almond Nuts
Total 126g; per mooncake 18g Hazelnut Nuts
Total 42g; per mooncake 6g Pumpkin Seeds

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the Salted Egg Yolks and wrap the paste around it evenly. Combine the 2 portions into 1.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

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Below are some photo spams of the wrapping process steps will try to get all the steps photo taken.

No.2 Next Roll the paste into a ball
No. 3 Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
No.4 Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
No.5 Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.

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Below are some photo spams of the finish product.


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