How to Make Traditional Baked Mooncakes 传统烘月饼

These traditional baked mooncakes use lotus seed paste & egg yolk as filling with the skin baked and glazed to a shiny golden brown colour. They are usually eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival (中秋節).

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How to Make Traditional Baked Mooncakes 传统烘月饼 Recipe
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Start by making the mooncake skin. Prepare all ingredients needed to make the pastry.

Start by making the mooncake skin. Prepare all ingredients needed to make the pastry.

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In a bowl, add in golden syrup, peanut oil followed by alkaline water. Whisk everything together until well blended.

In a bowl, add in golden syrup, peanut oil followed by alkaline water. Whisk everything together until well blended.

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Next, add in the all-purpose flour (240 gram).

Next, add in the all-purpose flour (240 gram).

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With a wooden spoon or spatula, stir to combine all ingredients. Do not over-stir.

With a wooden spoon or spatula, stir to combine all ingredients. Do not over-stir.

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Cover with a cling wrap and set aside for 4 hours.

Cover with a cling wrap and set aside for 4 hours.

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Next, clean salted egg by first removing the black charcoal from the egg. Then rinse egg under running water.

Next, clean salted egg by first removing the black charcoal from the egg. Then rinse egg under running water.

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Crack the cleaned salted egg to remove the yolk. Repeat the same with the rest of the eggs.

Crack the cleaned salted egg to remove the yolk. Repeat the same with the rest of the eggs.

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Then baked the salted egg yolks in a 175 degree C preheated oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool when done.

Then baked the salted egg yolks in a 175 degree C preheated oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool when done.

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Next, toast melon seeds in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Next, toast melon seeds in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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Mix the toasted melon seeds into the lotus paste. Lightly knead to combine the melon seeds into the paste.

Mix the toasted melon seeds into the lotus paste. Lightly knead to combine the melon seeds into the paste.

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Roll lotus paste into a log, divide into 9 equal pieces about 110g each and roll into balls.

Roll lotus paste into a log, divide into 9 equal pieces about 110g each and roll into balls.

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Then make the dough skin by mixing the rested dough with the all-purpose flour (120g).

Then make the dough skin by mixing the rested dough with the all-purpose flour (120g).

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Gently knead the rested dough just until it comes together and firms up.

Gently knead the rested dough just until it comes together and firms up.

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Divide the dough skin into 9 equal pieces, each about 45g. Roll each portion into a small ball shape.

Divide the dough skin into 9 equal pieces, each about 45g. Roll each portion into a small ball shape.

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Now we are ready to assemble the mooncakes!

Now we are ready to assemble the mooncakes!

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First, take a lotus paste ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger. Place the baked egg yolk inside.

First, take a lotus paste ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger. Place the baked egg yolk inside.

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Roll and shape into a ball.

Roll and shape into a ball.

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Flatten dough skin on palm of hand. Then flatten further using your fingertips. Put lotus paste ball onto the flattened dough and enclose filling by gently pressing edges until filling is sealed.

Flatten dough skin on palm of hand. Then flatten further using your fingertips. Put lotus paste ball onto the flattened dough and enclose filling by gently pressing edges until filling is sealed.

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Gently push, press & squeeze the dough, holding the it securely in your palm, until the dough skin gradually covers lotus paste ball. Repeat this step on remaining dough skin and lotus paste balls.

Gently push, press & squeeze the dough, holding the it securely in your palm, until the dough skin gradually covers lotus paste ball. Repeat this step on remaining dough skin and lotus paste balls.

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Lightly floured a traditional wooden mooncake mould.

Lightly floured a traditional wooden mooncake mould.

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Dust lightly the dough ball with flour, put into the lightly floured mooncake mould and press hard and flatten the dough so that the shape conform to the mould.

Dust lightly the dough ball with flour, put into the lightly floured mooncake mould and press hard and flatten the dough so that the shape conform to the mould.

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Gently knock a few times to dislodge the moulded mooncake.

Gently knock a few times to dislodge the moulded mooncake.

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And we're done!

And we're done!

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Transfer the moulded mooncakes onto a baking sheet.

Transfer the moulded mooncakes onto a baking sheet.

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Preheat oven to 200 degree C. Place the mooncakes in the preheated oven to bake for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200 degree C. Place the mooncakes in the preheated oven to bake for 10 minutes.

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Remove the mooncakes from the oven and leave to cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.

Remove the mooncakes from the oven and leave to cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.

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Lightly brush as thoroughly as possible the top of mooncakes with egg wash.

Lightly brush as thoroughly as possible the top of mooncakes with egg wash.

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Then bake in the oven for another 10 minutes or till golden brown. And we're done!

Then bake in the oven for another 10 minutes or till golden brown. And we're done!

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Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Then store in air-tight container for 2 days.

Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Then store in air-tight container for 2 days.

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The mooncake skin will become soft and shiny in 1 or 2 days time.

The mooncake skin will become soft and shiny in 1 or 2 days time.

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At this point, it's meant to be enjoyed. Great to serve with a cup of freshly brewed chinese tea. Enjoy! For more, visit my website at http://www.huangkitchen.com/traditional-baked-mooncakes/

At this point, it's meant to be enjoyed. Great to serve with a cup of freshly brewed chinese tea. Enjoy! For more, visit my website at www.huangkitchen.com/traditio…

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to everyone celebrating the occasion! Enjoy!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to everyone celebrating the occasion! Enjoy!

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