If you think making Moon Cake is intimidating, read on to see how easy and fun it can be. Sweet thin dough filled with sweet lotus paste, it is time that you make these delicious Chinese goodies at home. Although they are called cakes, Moon Cakes are more like pastries. They are characterized by the intricate molding or designs on their exterior which is a thin sweet dough. They are filled with a sweet paste and most often with yolks in the middle.
The sweet paste is traditionally made of dried lotus seeds. They are white, shell-like dried husks (photo in the process below) that are soaked overnight to soften, then cooked to mashable consistency to produce a sweet paste. Mooncakes can also be filled with sweet mung paste made of red mung beans. In this version, we will use lotus seeds to make the filling. And we are also adding the yolks. Delicious, delicious stuff!
- 1 cup dried lotus seeds
- 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup golden syrup
- 1/4 tsp lye
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup cake flour
- one egg yolk, for brushing the mooncakes
- 6 salted duck egg yolks (uncooked)