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September 7, 2011


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assorted lotus seed mooncakes

Lotus Seed Mooncake with Salted Duck Egg Yolk
lotus seed mooncake with a salted duck egg yolk

I've always wanted to make mooncakes for Chinese mid-Autumn festival [this year it's on September 12] but couldn't find easy to use molds. I finally found and bought from a Singaporean catalog one large round with 4 different plate designs and a small square with 3 plates. For the filling I used lotus seeds I bought from the Asian store and added one salted duck egg yolk in each of the 3 big ones. Some have chopped walnuts which I really like and a few I added pandan paste to the filling. I still have to learn how to make the impressions more pronounced though and I think I have to use a different recipe for the pastry to achieve that. Right now I'm happy with the way they look and I love the flavor of all of them. 

Mooncake Molds

The lotus seeds I got were already shelled and only some of the seeds had the green thingie inside that needs to be discarded before cooking. 

Lotus Seeds and Moncakes

Lotus Seed Mooncake

pastry shell
173 ml golden syrup
78 ml light olive oil
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ tablespoon water
10½ ounces all-purpose flour, sifted twice

lotus seed filling
1 pound shelled dried lotus seeds
1 cup sugar, or to taste
shelled watermelon seeds, chopped walnuts, pandan paste

egg wash
1 well beaten egg
  • Pastry: Mix syrup, olive oil, baking soda, and water. Slowly add flour and mix with hands or rubber spatula until incorporated. It will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the kitchen counter for 6 hours.
  • Filling: Wash the seeds, cover with water and soak for 3 hours. Remove the green germ if necessary. Wash 2 more times. Put in a medium saucepan, add water, and boil gently until tender. Cool slightly, then blend in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to the pan, add sugar, and cook until all the moisture has evaporated. Cool before adding flavoring, watermelon seeds, or walnuts. 
  • Shape and bake: Proportion should be 65% filling to 35% pastry shell. Shape portions of filling into balls. Flatten a piece of dough into a very thin round, place the ball in the center and cover completely with dough. Place the balls seams side down on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Use the mold to stamp the design or leave plain if you don't have one but flatten slightly. Brush with egg wash and bake in a preheated 400° F oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into portions.


SallyBR said...

That is beyond impressive! I honestly did not know how they could be made at home, and loved to see the molds you used...

you did an amazing job, I don't think that many people could tackle this type of recipe!

oggi said...


caninecologne said...

Hi Oggi, where did you order the molds from? i have a friend that's trying to find mooncake molds.

oggi said...

They are now available from eBay. Here is the link.

caninecologne said...

thanks so much! I will let her know!

Joy said...

Your mooncakes look great. Where did you find those forms? they look so cool.

Mhel said...

Love mooncakes and yours look just like the ones I had in Hong Kong...Good job!

oggi said...


Suan168 said...

Should I blend the boiled lotus seeds together with the boiled water or without ( dry blending )? ??

Oggi said...

Yes, with the liquid, for smoother texture, then you dry it out by cooking further in pan.

Suan168 said...

S.O.S.. pls help me, Oggi! I just tried to bake one mooncake and the result is a catastrophe :(
Well, the skin is okay, but I can barely see the shape & form of the mooncake and the filling ist not firm, still very soft and even like "raw". I decided to not continue form and bake the others. I'm pretty sure I did something wrong, just dunno what it is?! Maybe the moisture of the filling isn't properly evaporated??? Please help me..Thanks in advance.

Suan168 said...

Hi Oggi, thanks for the reply.. I'm actually just starting now to try to make mooncake of your version, after buying an old traditional mooncake form last year, made of wood. And I am recently at the step 2 ~ Filling... question: how do I know that all the moisture has evaporated? Thanks in advance.

Oggi said...

The filling should be dry enough to form into balls without crumbling but they shouldn't be too sticky either. To make the design more visible, try refrigerating the formed mooncakes before baking.
Hope that helps.

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