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Homemade Red Bean Mooncake

I'm not a mooncake lover but love to learn how it make it for fun.I requested my aunt to teach me how to make mooncake when I was vacationing in Malaysia during Chinese New Year 2008.She show me her trick of making this sweet cake ,provided me with all her mold.Yes,she gave me a mooncake wooden mold and few doll biscuit wooden mold as gift.This is my first attempt making my own mooncake!!Let's get some information for those who have no idea what it's mooncake and why it's called mooncake.The Moon festival (also called the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn festival) 中秋节 falls on September 14th in the year 2008.In Malaysia and Singapore, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or "Mooncake Festival."This is the ideal time, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties. Ingredients:

*Sugar Oil*

1200 kg sugar

900 gm water

1 lime cut 3 pieces


600 gm flour

480 gm sugar oil

150 gm oil

1 tbsp alkaline water(kan sui in Cantonese)(air abu in Malay)


I bought some ready make lotus paste and red bean paste from Malaysia.My aunt gave me her recipe but I'm too lazy to make the paste since I can find ready make paste at the store.Anyway,I also found store sell ready make lotus paste in Chinatown,NYC.So there is no reason for me to make my own lotus paste!!.Yes,it's take alot of time as I know....phewwww!!

Mini mooncake,cute right ???.Too bad,the design on the cake is not clearly imprint.



1:Cook sugar oil in advance.Cook until the sugar oil turn caramelize or golden brown.To test the sugar oil texture and readiness,use a drop of cool water mix with sugar oil.If the sugar oil separate the water when mix with cool water,then it's ready.Store up to a year in a tight air container when it's cool down.

2:Mix the dough ingredients together and let it proof for one and half hour before moulding

3:Preheat oven at 250F/130C.Prepare un-greased baking sheet.

4:Divide each filling 40 oz and each dough/skin for 60gm.

5:Wrap each filling with the dough,nicely cover the filling.Press the wrapped mooncake into the mold hard to get the imprint.Knock the mooncake out from the mold if you're using wooden mold .Make sure you knock the mooncake mold on a wooden or tile table or counter edge.

6:Bake the mooncake for 20 minutes.Prepare egg yolk for brushing.Removed the mooncake from oven after 20 minutes baking for brushing.Re-bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.Yield 10-12 regular size mooncake Note:

Accordingly to my aunt,DO NOT EAT mooncake immediately or the day after .Let the mooncake sit for 2 days before serve,it's taste better!.That right I try both day,and she was right!!I make some big mistake as you can see on the mooncake!.I dust my mooncake mold with flour,that why you can't see the mold design clearly.The second mistake it's the measurement conversion..I have hard time convert everything to cup or US measurement,so my dough was a bit too wet and the dough for individual wrapping is too much or too thick.It's supposed to be a thin layer just enough to cover the filling,now the skin is overwhelming.You can see my mooncake was out of shape.The 3rd mistake was the temperature!! I thought 130 C is 325 F!!Big mistake!! That the reason my mooncake look burn or well done!!..Well,as I said this is my first time making mooncake!! I learn hard from this mistake.I still have other lotus flavor..maybe next batch mooncake my skill will be better,hopefully...More mooncake to come.Stay tune!!

You can see my aunt lotus mooncake here!! .Big different right?.lol!!Pardon my inexperience skill:))



Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 3:57 AM

wah. I think this is an excellent first attempt. I'm going to try making it this year too.. if i can find the right flour!!

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 5:02 AM

ohmygosh! how lovely! i'd never dream of making my own mooncake hehehe...well done girl!

i'll just get some from outside hehe

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 7:53 AM

Actually your mooncake look good for 1st attempt. I remember when I first make mooncakes all look like elephant feet. After that I never try making it again!

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 8:21 AM

I think it's great that you can now make your own mooncake! I hope you don't mind my asking, what do you use the sugar oil for?

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 9:00 AM

I salute you! At least you tried! :)

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 10:34 AM

They looks so scrumptious!

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Good job on your 1st attempt! I have yet to make mine. It's quite tedious isn't it? I think of the process and I got lazy liao. What is sugar oil?

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Wow, your own moon cakes! Bravo! The dough must be hard part, so buying ready-made paste is acceptable. ;)

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 6:32 PM

I live in Seattle and every time I'm in the International District I grab something, anything, filled with red bean paste. These look like a bakery made them!

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Those moon cakes look good! I like using red bean paste in sweets.

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2008 at 11:39 PM

wow!!! and i mean it... such a beautiful work... i think i'll just go buy mine this year... or better yet, i'll just wait for friends to give me one... ha ha... great job...

Anonymous said...
August 20, 2008 at 8:34 AM

oh gosh you could make your homemade ones!!! they look fantastic!!

Anonymous said...
August 20, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Just that there's so many types of mooncakes now a days, even the don't likes can eat mooncake..hehehe.

Anonymous said...
August 20, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Just use regular bleached white flour,it's ok..I'm waiting to see your mooncake:))

it's just for's easy just getting from the store,right?

Thank you:0.We will try again when you are here next week!

the sugar oil is sugar syrup..I dunno why my aunt said it's called sugar oil,maybe it's look like oil:P

Thank you madam:P

Thank you for visitng :))

actually the dough is not really hard to make..just prepare the sugar syrup in advance,there you go....

That me too.I only eat red bean bun or mooncake other than that I give away!!

thank you:).yes we can use alot of thing with red beans..cookies and cake or dessert:))

Thank you:))

ms 2 be:
Yes,too much mooncake in the market...jello mooncake is quite pretty:P

Anonymous said...
August 20, 2008 at 11:57 PM

Thank you:))Sugar Oil is sugar aunty called"teng yu" in hokkian..dunno why she called syrup as oil....must call her and ask her why?.now waiting you see your mooncake!!

Anonymous said...
August 30, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Hi, the reason your mooncakes skin seems to have elephant feet is because the skin is too thick and when you bake, it sinks. It should be 40% skin dough and 60% filling.

It is ok to dust your mould and dough with flour, I do the same thing. The design is not clear is due to the egg wash. You have to use a fine brush, excess egg wash will cover up the design.

You can ask you mother to send you Agnes Chang's VCD on making mooncakes. For me, it is the mooncake bible. There are also VCDs on agar-agar mooncakes, egg tarts, local kuih, etc. They can be found at Popular bookstore.

Anonymous said...
September 10, 2008 at 2:40 AM

Thanks you for your valuable information.I really appreciated it:)

Anonymous said...
September 15, 2008 at 11:59 PM

you said you can buy ready made paste at shops in chinatown nyc. can you tell me what shop and the address please, I only know you can get the one in tin can at supermarkets I too am interested in making moon cake. thank you!

Anonymous said...
November 8, 2008 at 6:54 AM

Hello! I tried mooncakes today at home. The print was very nice-looking before baking, but during the baking, the print went also really out unfortunately (I did not use any flour for cake forms, just oiled them) - just as yours. Have you find the answer why the print goes out?

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