With mid-autumn festival just around the corner, you would want to give our Shanghai Mooncake recipe a try! Sure, it takes a little bit more effort, but the satisfaction that comes with feeding your loved ones with homemade mooncakes are well worth it – especially with our tried and tested recipe that produces a buttery, flaky crust and a creamy lotus filling!
- Lotus Paste
- 300 g lotus seeds
- ½ tbsp lye or alkaline water (for removing skin of lotus seeds)
- 250 g sugar
- 225 g groundnut or corn oil
- 2 tbsp maltose
- Pastry (for 6 mooncakes)
- 300 g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 30 g custard powder
- 80 g icing sugar
- 125 g salted butter (cold), cubed
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large QL Omega egg, beaten
- ¼ tsp vanilla essence
1. Bring a pot of water (sufficient to cover the lotus seeds) to boil. Add the lotus seeds and alkaline water and boil for 5 – 10 minutes (test to see that the skin can be easily removed).
2. Drain away the hot water and remove the skins on the lotus seeds under fresh cool water.
3. Remove the green centres of the lotus seeds, if there are any, by piercing through with a toothpick or wooden skewer.
4.Cook lotus seeds in a fresh pot of water until soft. Leave to cool slightly.
5. Transfer the lotus seeds to a food processor and process to a fine paste (add 2 – 3 tbsp of water from boiling the lotus seed paste to help with the process).
6.Place 50 g of sugar in a wok or a pot and add just enough oil to cover the sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has melted and turned golden brown (do not let the sugar get too brown).
7. Add the raw lotus paste, remaining sugar and oil. Cook, stirring often with a turner until the mixture is thick and stiff.
8. Add the maltose and cook a while more until the paste no longer sticks to the turner. Leave to cool.
Pastry (for 6 mooncakes)
1. Sift the first four ingredients together.
2. Rub in the butter and oil (this is easiest done by pulsing the ingredients in a food processor).
3. Pour the mixture out into a mixing bowl and mix in the egg and vanilla. Do not overmix. Rest dough for 20 minutes.
Assemble and Bake
QL Omega egg (for egg wash)
a handful melon seeds
1. Form the lotus paste into balls of 95 g each.
2.Form the pastry dough into balls of 100 g each.
3. Roll out the pastry dough between 2 sheets of plastic. Wrap dough around lotus paste.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 170oC for 10 minutes. Glaze mooncakes with egg wash and decorate with melon seeds.
Continue to bake for another 20 minutes or until pastries are golden.
QL Omega eggs are available at major hypermarkets and supermarkets. For more information on QL Eggs, click here