Saturday, 29 August 2015

The "Best" Snow Skin Mooncake

This year is my second year making mooncakes. I truly didn't regret taking lessons last year, as this year the mooncakes turned out really well and it was much easier to make the second time round. 


I am so happy that, I, finally, managed to conduct my first mooncake workshop this year. I am even more glad that my "students" excelled with flying colors. Ahhh... The joy of seeing them successfully make their gorgeous and tasty mooncakes were beyond words. Truly satisfying.


The recipe is a very special one indeed as it was unique compared to the many, many recipes of snow skin mooncakes in the blogosphere. It's safe to say that my "Si Fu" had a twist to the recipe which results in a very soft, with the perfect amount of chewiness, easy to handle dough, and I think, most importantly, the taste is really good! Sometimes, when you eat commercially made ones, you will get this sickly sweet and artificial taste of the skin.



This recipe has been tested and proven, many times over, to be very delicious and you will keep going for more! Try it and you shall see. 

Yes, it does take a bit more work, but, it is truly worth it. Snow skin mooncakes are very easy and quick to make as it doesn't require any baking. I.Love.IT.




Here is the recipe, credit goes to Madam Lee of Bibun Food and Seafood Sdn Bhd. 

Ingredients:

Snow skin
100g Hong Kong Gao Fen
150g Icing Sugar
35g Wheat Starch + 35g Pao Flour (Mix well, steamed for 5 minutes and sieved)
150g Cold water (I used pure Pandan juice made by blending 7-8 pandan leaves with 200g of filtered water. Blend until fine as the picture above and sieve the juice. Chill the Pandan Juice in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
50g Shortening
Flavoring 1 teaspoon (Skip this if you are using pure Pandan juice. Otherwise, use Pandan Emulco or any other preferred flavors. The possibilities are endless!)
 
Filling
 
1 kg White Lotus Paste (Low sugar)
500g Pandan Lotus Paste (Low sugar)
40g Toasted melon and pumpkin seeds
10 Salted Egg yolks
 
Steps:

1. Put all the skin ingredients into a Kitchenaid mixer bowl and mix well on low speed, using the flat paddle for 3-4 minutes. You will see the dough pulling away from the bowl. 
2. Put a cling wrap over the dough and rest the dough for 20 minutes. After resting, knead the dough manually and flour the board or pastry mat generously with Gao Fen. Knead for a few more minutes until the texture is slightly more springy and easy to handle. 
3. Weigh 55g for each portion of skin (for 185g mold) and make up the total filling weight to 130g. (Refer to my previous post on Traditional Baked Mooncake for the detailed instructions and tips.)
4. Wrap the skin over the filling and dust with more Gao Fen.
5. Apply the mold and the mooncake should slide out effortlessly from the mold.
6. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. For best texture and taste, chill for a day. Just take it out 30 minutes earlier before cutting it for serving. 

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