DIY Traditional or Snow Skin Mooncake with Baking Ingredients Bought Online
Why buy when you can bake your own traditional mooncakes that are as good as retailers during this pandemic period!
The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Mooncake Festival, is traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Mooncake is a must-eat snack during Mid-Autumn festival, and it is not that difficult to make your own mooncake at home as a gift to your friends or relatives during the festive celebration.
Nowadays, getting the ingredients for making mooncakes are much easier than before in Singapore. You can get the baking ingredients from bakery shop or simply shop baking ingredients online where you can purchase all your needs from online grocery or online supermarket in Singapore.
At Grolossal, you are able to buy baking needs online that offers top-notch baking ingredients that are widely used in the F&B industry.
Once you have gathered all ingredients needed for making your own mooncakes, you will feel that it is not as difficult as you thought it’d be!
Baking Traditional Mooncake on Own
Traditional Mooncake Recipe
Plain Flour 100gm | Golden Syrup 60gm | Alkaline Water aka Lye Water ½ teaspoon | Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil 28gm
White Lotus Paste 420gm | Salted Egg Yolks 6 numbers | Chinese Cooking Rose Wine (Mei Kwee Lu Chiew) 1 tablespoon.
Egg Yolk 1 number | Egg White 2 tablespoon
Mix the golden syrup, alkaline water aka lye water and cooking oil well in a large bowl. Use a spatula to mix well all the ingredients but do not over-stir it. Knead into a dough and cover with a film wrap and rest for 40 minutes
Mix the egg yolks with Chinese Cooking Rose Wine. If salted eggs are homemade and freshly broken from shells, you are able to see egg whites would become opaque after mixing with Chinese Cooking Rose Wine few minutes later. Use kitchen towel or clothe lightly wipe dry the salted egg yolks. Cut each salted egg yolk into halves and set aside. Roll the White Lotus Paste into a long tube and cut into 12 equal portions, approximately 35 grams each and roll them into a ball shape.
Before baking, preheat oven to 180c (365f). Prepare egg wash and whisk the egg yolk with egg white. Sift through a fine sieve.
Place the dough into 12 equal portions and roll into a small ball shape. Cover dough portion with cling plastic film and roll into a thin disc.
Place the white lotus paste ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger. Put egg yolk inside, roll and shape into a ball. Wrap and seal the white lotus paste ball with dough disc.
Spray some oil in the mooncake mold and stuffed mooncake dough into the mold. Press mold handle lightly and remove the mooncake from mold.
Transfer the stuffed mooncake onto a lined baking tray. Repeat the steps stated above till remaining dough and white lotus paste finished.
Place the mooncake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Brush the mooncake with egg wash about 5 minutes before taking out from the oven. Bake continuously till mooncake turns into golden brown color. Remove from oven and let it cool. Store the mooncake in an air-tight container and it will become soft and shiny in one or two days.
The importance of using alkaline water aka lye water
In this recipe, we have mentioned the used of alkaline or lye water in the process of preparing the mooncake ingredients.
Alkaline water helps to neutralize the golden syrup to become nice browning in color when brushing the mooncake in the baking process. If alkaline water is added too much in the golden syrup, the color will become darker.
In contrary, if added not enough of alkaline water, it will be difficult to brown the mooncake. In the recipe, the amount of alkaline water is balanced. To play safe, it is advice to take a test run with a small amount of dough to see how much alkaline water has to be used in the golden syrup.
On top of that, the alkaline water also helps to soft the mooncake with a bit of fluffy texture and hence, we do not recommend the use of baking powder in this recipe.
Last but not least, the fillings for the mooncake should not be too much moist as this will turn the pastry moist and sticky after some time. Consistency and texture of the filling is controlled by the amount of oil used and not by water.
Baking Snow Skin Mooncake at Home
Unlike the traditional mooncake, Snow Skin Mooncake is a non-baked pastry with a soft and chewy texture. It is eaten chilled and best by tagging along with a cup of Chinese traditional tea.
Snow Skin Mooncake is made of Cooked Glutinous Rice Flour or also known as Kou Fen which normally you can get from any provision shops or simply purchase from online grocery or online supermarket.
Snow Skin Mooncakes Recipe
Kou Fen or Cooked Glutinous Rice Flour 130gm | Icing Sugar 160gm | Apple Green Color Liquid, Red Color Liquid or Egg Yellow Color Liquid | Fresh Milk 2 tablespoon | Shortening 1 tablespoon
White Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste or Mao Shan Wang Durian Meat Pulp 1kg | Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds 80gm. You can visit www.grolossal.com for finest baking ingredients online.
Sieve the icing sugar and kou fen / cooked glutinous rice flour together.
Add in the shortening and combine until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.
Follow by adding the fresh milk and some coloring liquid you preferred and mix it into soft and smooth dough. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Cut the dough into 60 grams and roll into a ball shape. Wrap it with plastic cling wrap until it is ready to use.
For the filling part, add melon seeds into White Lotus Paste or Red Bea Paste and roll it firmly into a ball shape for 120 grams each.
After all steps listed above have been done, we can begin the making process for snow skin mooncake by lightly dust our hands with some kou fen or cooked glutinous rice flour.
Flatten the dough and placed the fillings into the center of the dough.
Wrapped it firmly and seal all edges and apply some flour around the mold before placing it into the mooncake mold.
Tap and remove it and chill the snow skin mooncake for at least 6 hours before serving and you’ll have yourself a delicious homemade snow skin mooncake.
Final Words on Getting Ingredients Online for Your Mooncake Need
It is not that difficult to make your own mooncakes if you are able to get all the ingredients listed in the recipe. Nowadays, it is easy to have ingredients you want by searching terms such as “order baking ingredients online”, “baking supplies delivery” or “buy baking needs online”, and you will be provided with a whole array of shop selling baking supplies for you to shop at the comfort of your own home.
Alternatively, you can also get your baking needs delivery at www.grolossal.com where they provide top-notch baking ingredients delivery service at your door-step.
Feel free to try out this recipe and enjoy delicious homemade mooncake this Mid-Autumn festival!