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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Baked Mooncakes 2012

For myself, I always prefer baked mooncakes, compared to snowskin ones. I always find the snowskin too sweet for my liking. The lotus paste itself is already pretty sweet, snowskin, well, has high sugar content too.

These are the baked mooncakes I did. I also made some piglets. The mooncakes are single yolk ones, as I am not a yolk fan and it's high in calories and cholesterol. As for the piglets, they are only 35gms each and contain no filling.

Well, for the coming weekends, I SHOULD be making some agar agar mooncakes.... if i really made them, I'll definitely be posting the pics. :P

stacking them up, like in an angry bird game

The back view is so cute. lol

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Snowskin Mooncakes 2012

Prices of mooncakes have been steadily climbing these few years. Personally i think it's really crazy when i look at the prices charged per mooncake. Although I know sometimes, certain hotels or restaurants have some secret recipes that produces really good tasting mooncakes. But since I have learnt about mooncake making, i find it silly to pay so much.

Every year, I would make some mooncakes for my mom. This year, I seemed to have started really early, all thanks to a visit to the baking supply store and seeing that lotus paste was already on sale at such an early date. Knowing myself, if i were to wait till nearer to Mooncake Festival, I would be procrastinating so much to buy the ingredients, and then having such a tight timeline, I would also end up not being able to finish up the pack of lotus paste.

Enough of my ramblings.... This year, I tried a new snowskin recipe, shared by a friend. Using olive oil, instead of shortening, the skin remained soft even tho' taken straight from the fridge. Not to mention, olive oil is a much healthier option then shortening.... presenting my strawberry snowskin mooncakes with cranberries and melon seed lotus paste filling.

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