Mid-Autumn festival is a big festive for kids in Asia, it’s held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. And Mooncakes are prepared for this festival, usually month before! The Mid-Autumn festival symbolizes the family reunion, friends gathering and on this day, people will appreciate the moon in the evening, when the moon is at its fullest.
There is a beautiful myth about the Mid-Autumn festival, I was told when I was a little kid – a touching story about “Chị Hằng” as wife and “chú Cuội” as husband, by mistake of “chị Hằng”, the couple was forced to fly to the Moon, together with “cây đa” – the tree of immortality and stuck there forever! I did believe in the myth, as being a little kid, I always look at the Moon at its fullest, during the festival, try to look for them with the tree…and I saw it with my imagination!
Today, with some friends, we are going to make a special Mooncake filled with a dozen of ingredients, we call it “thập cẩm”,i.e ten ingredients! Actually it’s 13 in total! Ok, time to meet our friends!
The Mid-Autumn festival is around the corner, it’s mostly for kids but as adult we also love to involve just to remember how beautiful is our golden time – the childhood! Making the cake is one of most favorite activities during these days and home-made is always more appreciated!
There are two delicate works while making the Mooncake – the egg wash and baking, it requires a lot of patience. We do the egg wash as we color carefully a picture with many details, if too much egg wash, the details of the ornament on the cake are gone! Baking the cake also, in three times, with different timing and different temperature!
Depends on the weight of the cake, we have to divide how much for the outer dough and the rest for the filling, the thinner outer the better. Our cake weights 130 gr., so the outer dough should be between 40-42 gr. and the filling – 88-90 gr.
It took us nearly three hours to bake 29 pieces of Mooncakes, unlike the other cakes, the Mooncake is ready to serve not right after the oven, but at least 2 or 3 days later, when the cake becomes soft, moisture and a flavorfully oily!