The girls and I made mooncakes this evening. Jazzie has a whole Chinese New Year theme at school this week and just like every year, the girls will go to school in their Chinese dresses on the first day of the New Year and hand out lucky money envelopes and mooncakes. We will stuff our envelopes on Wednesday, but at least the mooncakes are done. They might not look as pretty as the ones you can order on line and we stuffed ours with strawberry jam instead of red bean paste, but they are yummy!
Jazzie and Tahlia are ready to get started!
Scraping down the bowl:
Of course, Tahlia got a turn as well:
Jazzie rolled balls out of the dough:
And Tahlia placed them on the cookie sheet:
After making thumb prints, we added the jam:
Last, but not least we brushed on some egg yolk. The girls went a little crazy with it, but I really wanted them to be able to say that they made the mooncakes all by themselves ;-)
They turned out great!!
For those of you interested in the recipe:
- 1/2 cup of salted butter
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup red bean paste or 1 cup of jam
- ice water
- Cream the butter, sugar and 1 egg yolk
- Add flour. Mix thoroughly. Add enough ice water (1 tablespoon at a time) until the dough sticks together. Take the dough and shape into a large ball. Wrap in aluminum foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- From 24 balls in the palms of your hands. These are the mooncakes.
- Make a hole with your thumb (gently) in the middle of the mooncake.
- Fill with paste or jam.
- Brush with the remaining beaten egg yolk.
- Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.