Friday, September 3, 2010

Nutty Shanghai Mooncakes ~ 2010 | 13 comments:


This is my first attempt at making this Mooncake with nutty filling.  The extremely high price for mixed nut mooncake  @ 13.30 rgt per piece prompted me to try my hands and luck making this.  I adapted the recipe for the pastry from my recent post on  'Shanghai Mooncake, Re-visited' and the recipe for the mixed nut filling is posted below.  I wouldn't claim that this is perfect but nonetheless was pleased with the result and therefore would like to share with you!



Nuts, fruits, sugar, oil, water, rose jam and golden syrup all combined and let rest for an hour.
Add in koh fun, salt and brandy, mix well.


Managed to get 10 pieces of nutty paste, press them firm and hard.
Roll out the piece of dough in a plastic bag, cut it open, take out the dough and wrap round a ball of paste



These are only some of the ingredients that I used to make the nutty paste, the list is going to be a mile long!  Candied orange, kua chee/melon seeds, kaffir lime leaf, whole almonds with skin and  walnuts.



Dressed some with sesame seeds and some with melon seeds.


It's pretty difficult to get a clean cut of the Mooncake because of the nuts.  I waited till they were completely cooled before 'sawing' it up for the photoshoot ....... but as long as it tastes good, nutty and chewy, it's all that matters!   Enjoy with a good cup of freshly brewed hot Chinese tea!


Ingredients for the nutty filling    (Makes 10 mooncakes)
  • 40 gm walnuts  -  coarsely chopped
  • 40 gm whole almonds with skin  -  coarsely chopped
  • 50 gm kat paeng/candied orange  -  finely chopped
  • 100 gm tong tung kua/candied melon  -  diced small
  • 50 gm sesame seeds  -  lightly roasted
  • 25 gm kua chee/melon seeds  -  lightly roasted
  • 40 gm caster sugar
  • 3  Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3  Tbsp water
  • 1  Tbsp rose jam (rose concentrate)
  • 1/2  Tbsp golden syrup
  • 80 gm koh fun/cooked glutinous rice flour
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves  -  finely shredded
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 3/4  Tbsp Brandy   (optional)
  • 60 gm ham  (optional)  -  I omitted this.
Egg glaze  -  1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp water + a pinch of salt
Sesame seeds, kua chee, pumpkin seeds or almond flakes to sprinkle on top.

Method
  1. Combine all the nuts, fruits, kaffir lime leaves in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in sugar, oil, water, rose jam and golden syrup, mix well. 
  3. Leave to rest for an hour.
  4. Add koh fun, salt and  brandy, mix well together.
  5. Weigh out portions of 60 gm each.
  6. Roll tightly into a ball of paste.
  7. Divide pastry dough also into 60 gm each, roll out in a plastic bag.
  8. Cut up the bag and gently remove the dough.
  9. Place a ball of paste in the centre and wrap it up firmly, shaping it  into a round or dome.
  10. Place mooncakes onto a lightly greased baking tray.
  11. Apply egg glaze and sprinkle on sesame seeds or kua chee as desired.
  12. Bake in preheated oven @ 180 deg C for about 30 mins or till golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.



I would like to inform all my dear readers and fellow bloggers that I'll be taking some time off  from blogging and will be back in about a fortnight's time.  I'll try my best to access my blog and visit yours whenever there is an opportunity and time permits.  However, I've scheduled some posts to be published, so please don't abandon me!  Thank you!

13 comments:

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  1. WOW! This is really nutty :D Please save one for me!!

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  2. Cheah...wonderful pictures ! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Are you using your new cam already :)

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  3. this is my fil's favourite, but since he has grout not sure he can stil consume or not... the moonies look very tempting.

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  4. Wow! Your shanghai mooncakes look perfect! The list of ingredients does looks endless lol! Enjoy your break, we do need it sometime.:)

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  5. I like this nutty fillings... sounds and looks good!

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  6. Your mooncakes look very good! I don't like eating mooncakes but I think they look pretty.

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  7. Anncoo
    Thanks! Yup, can courier to you!

    Elin
    Thanks! Nope, the camera hasn't arrived yet, think out of stock at the moment, hope to take delivery after my break!

    Jess
    My late dad loved this too, liked the nuts and candied orange.

    Jeannie
    Very much cheaper to DIY! Thanks, yes looking foward to my break!

    penny
    Thanks! Try making it!

    Cooking Gallery
    Thanks for such kind compliments!

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  8. Hi cheah, oh wow another yummy Shanghai mooncake... with nutty fillings! Frankly, I never like nutty mooncake. haha... I made those specially for my mom. She has ordered this since last autumn. haha.... Well, I'm glad my first attempt went well. And didn't even mess up the dough. And yours look fantastic as well. Btw, thank for your info regarding the bean paste. I knew the store bought paste is much solid compare to the homemade ones but never try never know, right! But the homemade paste is so aromatic & delicious. I'm going to post about the homemade paste mooncake after this. So, stay tune and see if there's a big surprise! haha.... Have a wonderful evening.
    Cheers, kristy

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  9. I love the ingredients of the filling. Since it is difficult to get lotus and bean paste I might attempt this. By the way, do you have the date of Mooncake festival. Thanks.

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  10. Kristy
    You always spring surprises and trust you to come up with something fantastic!

    ICook4Fun
    Mooncake festival is on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010 .... still got time to make mooncakes. Yes, why not try these nutty ones. I'm sure you can get all the nuts, can substitute with whatever nuts you fancy. Can you get the kaffir lime leaves? If not you can always omit them. Can add in some BBQ ham if you like.

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  11. Another year of moon festival...I love these nutty cakes, which are loaded with all the great stuff.

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  12. What a great job! I've been longing to try making mixed nuts mooncake for the longest time! I have the recipe and stuff, but need the right mood to set in.

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  13. Thanks for the info. Yeah I still have time to make this and I do have a kaffir lime plant here so I can use it :)

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