To be frank, I don’t really like mooncakes at all. The most I would take is perhaps the snowskin or the agar agar ones. After all, mooncakes are always meant as gifts, so most of the times I would think people will just buy them s from some prestigious hotels or restaurants as they are more presentable. Within the office, there would always be many of such mooncakes going around from the clients, hence that’s no lack of a mooncakes feast whenever we want during this festive.
But because I had so much mooncakes moulds with me and often they are impulse purchases and others inherited because they look so nice and cute, but has never gotten down to a good chance to using them. After all, this festive only happen once a year and how often would you really get to use them. So I made up my mind that no matter what, I will die die use them this year and I finally did ! Managed with some Pandan Snowskin Mooncakes with pandan lotus paste. That’s perhaps the most universal and most widely accepted flavor. Mooncake paste seldom comes in anything lesser than 1kg so you know you will have a good batch of them in order to use up the whole pack of paste. And for sure, they are to be given away since that’s such a huge batch of them, so a common and acceptable mooncake flavor has to be the priority yeah. Well, and I am glad it did too coz they are really not bad !! Hehehee.
I still have like 200g of mooncake paste leftover from the 1kg pack after churning out these 24 pieces of approximately 55g mooncakes. So you can make your rough estimation from there when deciding how much mooncakes you need to go around.
And am sharing a very simple and straightforward snowskin mooncakes recipe that any mooncakes noob can pick up ! Just mix the flour, roll the dough, wrap the filling and punch your favorite mooncake design ! The pictures were taken right after they were freshly made without chilling yet, so you can see the dough is still very soft and pliable !
- 150g kao fen
- 200g icing sugar
- 50g shortening
- Few drops of pandan essence & pandan green paste colouring
- 200ml iced water
- 800g of pandan lotus paste
- Combine filling together, weight each portion at 30g each and shape into rounds. Set aside.
- Sieve the kao fen and icing sugar together. Add in the remaining ingredients and combine into a soft pliable dough. (If using 2 colors for the mooncake skin, separate the dough into 2 portions and add coloring paste accordingly as desired.)
- Measure each portion at 25g each and shape into rounds (If using 2 colors, combine the dough at 13g and 12g for each color and shape into rounds together.) Flatten the rounds and wrap in a portion of filling from Step 1 above. Repeat till all filling and skin are used up.
- Place the mooncake from Step 3 into a kao fen dusted mooncake plunger. Press firmly and dislodge imprinted mooncake.