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8 simple steps to making traditional mooncakes

Make your own mooncakes at home to share with relatives and friends
ST701 Editorial Team - September 14, 2013
By: Cheryl Mah
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8 simple steps to making traditional mooncakes

Mooncakes are Chinese bakery products that are eaten to commemorate the Mid-Autumn Festival which takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month (19 September this year).

They were borne of the legend that during the Ming dynasty, when the Han Chinese schemed to overthrow Mongol rule in China, secret code messages containing the coordination details of the revolt against the Mongolian rulers were hidden in mooncakes and distributed. In modern times, local families gather together to enjoy mooncakes and play with lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

There are many different mooncake offerings in the market, but how about making your own mooncakes to share with relatives and friends? Here are 8 simple steps to making traditional mooncakes:

Step 1
Combine ½ cup salted butter, ¼ cup sugar and 1 egg yolk and stir. Mix in 1 cup all-purpose flour.

Step 2
Form the dough into a large ball, cling wrap it and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Step 3
Unwrap the dough and separate them into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small ball.

Step 4
Take each dough ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger, filling it with about half a teaspoon of lotus paste. For variety, you might want to try filling your mooncakes with jam, egg yolk, kaya, peanut butter or red bean paste. When you have filled the ball, remember to re-shape it.

Step 5
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6
Stuff each dough ball into your mooncake mould. Ensure your mould is on a flat surface before you press down on the handle hard to shape the mooncake. Remove your mooncake slowly by pressing on the lever. Repeat this with all the dough balls.

Step 7
Line your baking tray with a cookie sheet and transfer the mooncakes onto them. Brush each mooncake with a beaten egg yolk.

Step 8
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the mooncakes turn golden brown. When the mooncakes have cooled, put them into a container. After sitting for two days, they will be ready to serve!

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own pastry, baking classes are readily available in Singapore. Ready to start making your own mooncakes? Click here to find out where you can buy baking equipment and supplies!

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