I always have difficulty in making the swirl looking flaky pastry and I got the step-by-step instruction from Cherri, ch3rri blossoms. I use canola oil instead of shortening as it is a healthier oil and I baked it instead of deep fry. The other popular flavour for the mooncake include taro, green tea and lotus. Moon cake usually has an salted duck egg yolk inside the filling, I have opted that out as I prefer it eggless.
The Moon Festival is the second biggest festival besides the Chinese New Year. People give mooncake as a gift and everyone gather together for a family dinner on a full moon night. A true happiness for me is to enjoy the time with my family, just as simple as that.
Red Bean Moon Cake with Flaky Pastry
red bean paste (store brought)
200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
50g canola oil
180ml plain flour
100g canola oil
- Roll the red bean paste into 16 golf ball sized balls.
- For the water dough; mix all together to form a dough, rest 20 minutes. Then divide into 4 equal portions.
- For the oil dough; mix all together to form a soft dough, divide into 4 equal portions.
- Flatten the water dough and place the oil dough into the middle and wrap around it. Do not flour the bench as the dough is oily enough and will not stick to the table.
- Roll out the dough into a long shape, fold half from the short side, then fold over to the right. Roll out one more time.
- Then roll into a swiss roll from the long side, cut into 4 pieces.
- Roll each piece flat into a round shape, about the size of the dumping pastry. Place a piece of red bean paste into the middle, wrap around to form a ball and seal the bottom. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
- Preheat oven at 170c. Place the mooncake sealed size down onto the paper lined baking tray(s), bake 25 mins or until brown.
|water dough and oil dough|
|Flatten water dough and oil dough on top|
|Oil dough wrapped inide of the water dough|
|1st time roll out|
|roll half from long side|
|roll half to the right|
|2nd time roll out|
|cut into 4 pieces|
|Roll flat and fill with filling|
|ready to bake!|