Want do to more than moongaze during the Mid-Autumn Festival? Here are a few activities that can keep you in a festive mood even if you're stuck at home!
By Darren Lim
What's the mooncake festival without mooncakes? Make your own mooncakes instead of ordering overpriced ones, and customize them to your taste buds! You can find a recipe here, but if you don't wish to bake 20 mooncakes, the recipe below has been adapted to make 10.
• 2 cups plain flour
• 1/3 cup powdered milk
• 1/4 Tblspn baking powder
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 cups paste of choice (red bean, green bean, or lotus-seed paste are traditionally used)
• 10 yolks from salted eggs
• 1 egg yolk
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• mooncake mould (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
1. Put the 10 salted egg yolks on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
2. Divide bean paste into 10 portions and press a salted egg yolk into each of these.
3. Roll these up into a ball with the egg yolk hidden in the center.
1. Sift the flour, powdered milk, and baking powder together.
2. Beat the sugar and eggs together for about 10 minutes until creamy and white.
3. Mix in the melted butter.
4. Stir in the flour, powdered milk, and baking powder.
5. Divide this mixture into 10 portions.
1. Increase the oven to 400°F/205°C.
2. Roll the dough into 4 inch circles each.
3. Place a portion of filling each in the center and bring up the sides to encase it completely. Pinch cracks to seal and roll between your hands to make a ball.
4. Lightly flour the mould and press the dough ball into it, flattening it with the palm of your hand. Shake to tip out.
5. Place them on a baking sheet, brush tops with egg yolk, and bake for 30 mins.
6. Remove from oven and enjoy!
Image from Cywong