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Celebrate the Moon Festival With Homemade Mooncakes

This year, the Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival takes place today, September 25. During the festival, the moon is said to be at its fullest and brightest, and symbolizes the abundance of the summer harvest. It's also a time for family gatherings and eating. It's a big holiday for the Chinese, however it's celebrated in many other Asian countries and cultures, such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea and Singapore.

One of the biggest, and most traditional ways, to celebrate the Moon Festival is to eat mooncakes outside under the moon. If you don't live in a place where you can buy them, you can always order mooncakes online. Or, you can get really crafty and try and make one yourself.

To get the recipe, or just learn more about the lovely snack,

Mooncakes come in all sorts of flavors and shapes — although all closely resemble a full moon. My personal favorite is a red bean paste like the one below.

Red Bean Mooncake
From GourMAsia via


1 pound red azuki beans
3/4 cup lard or oil
1-3/4 cups sugar

Water-Shortening Dough:
2 cups flour
5 tablespoons lard
10 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Flaky Dough:
1 cup flour
5 tablespoons lard
red food coloring for design

Filling Instructions:

  1. Soak red beans in water to cover 2 hours. Drain and discard the water. Cover with 8 cups fresh water and bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat 1-1/2 hours or until skins open.
  2. Strain the beans and discard the skins. Place the strained beans in several layers of cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess water.
  3. Place in a saucepan with the lard or oil and the sugar. Cook, stirring continuously, until almost all the moisture has evaporated. Let cool.

Dough Instructions:

  1. You will need 2 cups of filling for the mooncakes. Divide this into 20 portions and shape into balls.Mix ingredients for the water-shortening dough and the flaky dough separately until smooth. Divide each dough into 20 equal portions.
    Wrap one portion of flaky dough inside each portion of water-shortening dough. Roll out each piece of dough, then fold in thirds to form three layers. Roll out again, and once more fold in thirds to form three layers.
  2. Flatten each piece of dough with the palm of your hand to form a 3" circle. Place one portion of filling in the center. Gather the edges to enclose the filling and pinch to seal. Place the filled packet in the mold, gently pressing to fit. Invert and remove the mold.
  3. Dilute red food coloring with water and pour onto a damp paper towel on a plate. Take some food coloring onto the cookie-design stamp, then press on top of the mooncake.
  4. Repeat process for remaining mooncakes. Arrange mooncakes on a baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool before serving.


Join The Conversation
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I've never heard of them.
Superhamster Superhamster 9 years
in Singapore, we have different versions of the moon cake, besides those which are the traditionally flavored ones, we have the really innovative flavors like, chocolate-champagne flavored, green tea, pumpkin, cheese or yam-paste... etc.. and every year we have new flavors being introduced by all the restaurants... *yummy* :D
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
beautiful pic. interesting cake.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
That's really neat. I've never heard of it before!
milo milo 9 years
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years bean mooncake! Must stop at Chinatown for some.
mnp mnp 9 years
I was trying to figure out which day it was... I'm going to try to go to Chinatown to get some mooncakes.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
ooooh! Now I'm drooling. Must go to Chinatown and get mooncakes today!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I LOVE mooncakes! My husband goes to grad school with a lot of Chinese students and they always give him some every year.
milo milo 9 years
wow that's building is one of the historic site in my hometown-wuhan i am eatting mooncake now yum
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
cool, thanks for the info! i hadn't heard of this festival before!
daisyeater21 daisyeater21 9 years
i havent had one for a long time too!
ley ley 9 years
I forgot how moon cake tastes like.. come to think of it I haven't tasted a piece of cake since.. last year. haha.
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