With about 2 weeks away to the mid-autumn festival (中秋节), this is now the perfect time to make your own mooncakes. Snowskin mooncakes (冰皮月饼) are my favourite over the baked mooncakes, and they are also easier to make – there is no baking involved, and all you have to do is to make the moon cake skin and wrap them around the (ready made!) lotus filling. They are also very pretty to look at especially if you make all kinds of colours.
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My family love these cute mini snowskin mooncakes, and we have been enjoying them for breakfast or tea break the past few days.
Here are some of the ingredients and tools you will need to make moon cakes.
(A) ready made mooncake filling (lotus paste).
(B) kaofen (fried/cooked glutinous rice flour)
(D) mini mooncake moulds.You can get them from Phoon Huat (PH) or Kwong Cheong Thye (KCT); KCT carries filling paste in minimum 500 grams pack (more information on my instagram) so it is my preferred place to buy, while PH sells in minimum 1kg pack.
Divide the dough depending on the number of different colours you intend to make. Add food colouring, a few drops at a time, to each portion and knead until the colour is well distributed. You can add a few drops of ice water to help the colour to distribute evenly, if required.
Note: I divided my dough into five equal portions. The original colour of the dough is white. I am using red dye for pink, pandan paste for green, yellow and red + yellow for orange.
Divide the filling paste into 25 grams pieces. If desired, add 1 tsp of melon seeds to each serving of filling paste. Shape each dough into a ball. Make the same number of filling balls accordingly to the number of 15 grams mooncake dough you have.
Add appropriate amount of kaofen to each portion of dough, a little at a time, and knead until it is no longer sticky. Do not over-knead. Flatten the dough to a small circle either by hand or a rolling pin.
Place the lotus paste ball in the center of the mooncake skin. Hold the skin in one palm, use your other hand to to close the skin over the lotus paste. When this is done, shape mooncake into a ball by gently rolling it in both palms. Remember to dust your work surface, hands and rolling pin with flour to prevent sticking.