Sunday, July 31, 2016

Shanghai moon cake

I have tried this and the results are great! I will definitely make this recipe again.
I have obtained the recipe and picture from Guai Shu shu

Short Crust Pastry
  • 80 grams of butter, chilled and cut into cubes and keep in the fridge waiting for later use
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 200 grams of self raising flour, sifted
  • 40 grams of sugar powder
  • 30 grams of custard powder
  • 20 grams of milk powder (not in picture)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk (not in picture)
  • 4 salted egg yolks (pre-steamed for 5 minutes or microwave for15 seconds)
  • 50 grams of chopped walnuts
  • 350 grams of lotus seed paste
Egg washing
  • 1 egg yolk plus 1 tablespoon of milk plus a few drops of cooking oil, beat and sift
  • Some melon seeds  for decoration
  • Some sesame seeds for decoration

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Picture obtained from Guai shu shu site
  • Mix the chopped walnuts to the lotus seedsfillings, knead until well mixed. Divide into 4 balls (or your desired number of balls), wrap a salted egg yolk in each ball. Shape round and set aside for later use.
  • Sift custard powder, self raising flour, icing sugar and milk powder in a bowl. Add the cold butter and use fingertips to rub the butter until it resembles some crumbs. Add the beaten egg yolk and cold milk, lightly knead until it forms a pliable dough. If the dough is too dry, add teaspoon by teaspoon of milk gradually.

  • Divide the dough into 4 equal balls (or your desired number of balls). Take one ball, flatten the dough, wrap a ball of filling, seal the edges and transfer to the cupcake cups or a lightly greased tray.  Egg wash the dough as thoroughly as possible and baked in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, egg wash for the second time and while it was wet, put the melon seeds and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. Send back to the oven and baked again for another 10-15 minutes. The baking time is for your reference and depends very much on the size of your moon cake. (Note: Alternatively, you can choose to egg wash once, but you have to put the melon seeds and sesame seeds once you do your first egg wash).

This is the ratio of one filling to one skin (1:1) However, do make provisions for yourself and choose a ratio that you are most comfortable (possibly 1.2 skins : 1 filing) with and come out with a presentable moon cake. This dough can be rather dry, remember: Add cold milk TEASPOON BY TEASPOON until you are able to handle it. Handling shall be light and swift for the pastry.

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