Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More mooncakes

I started making some mooncakes on my own last week and yesterday as well. The first batch was for some friends and this batch is more for family. In my first batch, I followed the recipe exactly but it resulted in a rather soft skin, so for yesterday's, I did one and a half times the recipe and added the water gradually till I got the consistency I was happy with. It resulted in a firmer skin which was perfect.

I started by sifting the flour and sugar and mixed in the shortening till it resembled breadcrumbs. I hate handling shortening as it is too oily, so what I did was to use a butter knife and slowly cut it up. :) I then added water till it combined into a dough. It usually is a little sticky at this stage so you have to let it rest. You can use your favourite recipe but make sure you add the water slowly and not all at once. This is where my recipe originates, but as I do not have permission from the owner, I can only link it.

While the dough was resting, I measured out the filling and shaped them into little balls. It is optional to add melon seeds, etc. I chose the white lotus paste as I was told by the guy in Phoon Huat that it isn't too sweet. Lotus paste also happens to be my favourite filling. I wish I could have gotten the pandan paste as that too is one of my favs, but I wasn't planning to make that many mooncakes so it would have been a waste.

After having rested the dough, I divided them into 6 balls and added colouring to get the shades I liked. The last ball had Oreo crumbs added to it so that explains why it is black.

These 2 batches below were from last week. The colours are more pastel which I liked.

However, having looked back at the previous ones done at Cranberry's, I opted to add more colour this time round so they would look more vibrant.

This is what the inside looks like. Am happy that it's a great combo of thin skin and the right amount of filling.

10 comments:

daphne said...

heheh.. all the mooncake craze =) I love the colours and all the different sort of moulds u got! Darn, hv to order some online soon. LOL. I can only find pure lotus paste here-sometimes they have red bean but that's abt it! So u hv lots of choices =)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Very colorful and cute leh!

SIG said...

daphne - Hahaha, and all the way to Perth too. Hehe. The moulds can order online ah? Hehe, I'm not a shop online person. Oh we get so many varieties of pastes here. Last yr, the red wine/cranberry paste was very popular. However, I can't quite acquire the taste for it.

HK Choo said...

Nice creations...I like the black flower one in the middle of the 4th pix :)

Miz Young said...

ohhh more mooncakes!! I can't wait for our date on Friday :*

Maya Yunos said...

Awww...those are sweet! I wished I have some extra time in hand. I would love to try making some mooncakes. :(

SIG said...

choo - Thanks. Yup, that's oreo.

miz young - Haha.

maya - Oh pity you're preparing for Hari Raya. Maybe next year?

evan 이벤젤린 said...

woah i'll never hv the courage to make black ones! think my grandma will kill me haha. my favorite must be the blue & pink ones :D such sweet colors.

Beachlover said...

oh!! your mooncake look soooooo cute! I like your mold and colorful little mooncake

gaga said...

Wow, I never thought of making my own mooncake. They are so cute!