Well, I got to finish off the leftover snowskin premix anyway. So, it's time for "play dough" ... hee hee! handmade some animals mooncakes.
In the past, the kids will ask and seek confirmation with mommy ... now it's the reverse ...
Mom: how ? Ok? Looks cute or not?
Girl: looks cute... but what has dolphin associate with mooncakes?
Mom: nothing ... I don't have fish jelly mould ... only got this cute dolphin jelly mould!
Boy: ha! cute little white mouse !
Mom: mouse ? mouse?! I made rabbits!
Boy: ha ha ! Looks more like mouse.
Mom: 无言 (speechless)
Recipe source: Ann of Anncoojournal Koi Fish Snowskin Mooncake here and piggy tutorial here. With some modifications and references adapted from my 1st mini snowskin mooncake attempt here
Thanks to Ann for recipe sharing. I find the texture of this batch of snowskin mooncakes tasted better than my 1st attempt.
Ingredients for dough
50g Kao Fen or *Cooked glutinous rice flour
230g Snowskin premix (Redman premix powder)
50g Icing sugar (sifted) (I reduced to 35g)
46g Crisco/shortening (I used margarine 40g)
300g Water (boil 500g water with 4 pandan leaves, leave to cool) and measure 300g water.
some extra Kao Fen or cooked glutinous rice flour for dusting
For filling: 270g Pure Lotus paste (or your preference)
1) *To cook glutinous rice : in a clean frying pan, cook 50g of glutinous rice flour. Don’t use any oil or water. When you see some smoke and flour turns a bit yellow, it’s cooked.
(I did not buy Kao Fen, but if you have a pack of Kao Fen, you can omit this step completely)
2) Combine cooked glutinous rice and snowskin flour (Redman Premix Powder) in a big bowl and set aside.
3) In a pot, add water with icing sugar and shortening together and bring them to boil until shortening melted, stir with a hand whisk.
4) Pour the hot liquid mixture to the flour and use spatula to stir mixture to soft dough and leave dough to cool (you'll find the dough is quite oily at this time) then knead dough again to smooth, add more cooked glutinous flour to it if the dough is still too sticky.
5) Add different colour dough (I roughly divided the dough into 1:3 portion, use pink food coloring for the smaller portion). Knead dough to even out the colour.
For the pig and rabbit:
Dough 30g each / pure lotus paste 25g each
For the dolphin:
Dough 40g each / pure lotus paste 35g each
6) Roll each lotus paste portion a little to form a ball.
7) Knead dough into a ball and dust with some cooked glutinous flour. Flatten it and place a ball of paste in the middle and slowly wrap it up using the snowskin dough to form a mooncake ball. Press and shape to your desire. I used some chocolate chips as eyes.
8) For the dolphin jelly mould - press the wrapped dough firmly and evenly into the lightly dust (with kao fen or cooked glutinous rice flour) mould to obtain the shape. Use the tip of a fork to gently unmould the tail and use hand to slowly unmould the body.
9) Store in an airtight container and chill the snowskin mooncakes before consuming.
|Made the shapes with these
|Hee hee ... the tail
has dropped down slightly
Ha ha ! These handmade mooncakes has brought me back to some fun 'art & craft' lessons ... "where creativity has no boundary and it is beyond one's imagination" ....LOL! But it takes time and practice to make nice and beautiful handicrafts ... Well, at least my kids commented that they looked cute ... LOL !
My girl has requested me to make some animal mooncakes for the actual occasion in September ... looks like mom has the chance to 'play dough' again ^-^!
I'm submitting this post to Best Recipes for Everyone August 2014 Event Theme: Mooncake hosted by Fion of XuanHom's Mom.