The Mid-Autumn Festival – also known as the Mooncake Festival or Reunion Festival – is one of the most famous traditional festivals in chinese culture. As far as we know, it roots go back to the Zhou Dynasty, more than 3000 years ago.
The night of the 15th of the 8th lunar month (according to the Chinese calendar) is the time to celebrate – when the moon is at its fullest at the end of the summer harvest.
This year it will be on the 27th September. During this occasion we have a family reunion, prayers, eat mooncakes, children playing with lanterns and marvel at the magnificent moon.
Did I mention eating mooncakes? Of course I did!
The mooncake has became so popular that nowadays it is the main symbol of the festival. You can find traditional mooncakes with lotus, red bean, pandan or the five kernel with 5 different types of nuts and seeds, as well as the new jelly mooncakes with different flavours such as durian, dragon fruit, cappuccino and even tiramisu!
Whether you are a looking for a present for your relatives or customers, or craving something sweet, during this period the choice is only one: mooncakes.
Here there are some of the mooncakes that you can order from our talented home bakers.
1 – Traditional Baked Mooncake
Traditionally Baked Mooncakes come in lots of different fillings, shape and sizes, the only thing they have in common is the same baked reddish brown, chewy crust made from flour, sugar syrup, lye water and sodium carbonate. The design or imprint on the top of the traditional mooncakes typically consists of the Chinese character for longevity, prosperity, harmony, other auspicious characters or the name of the bakery. However, nowadays you can easily find traditional mooncakes with imprint of flowers, animals and even cute cartoon characters. Many have one or more whole salted egg yolks in their center as a symbol of the full moon.
Leisure Fun Baking’s Traditional Baked Mooncakes are made with finest ingredients with fillings of Pure White Lotus and Salted Egg Yolk. If you are looking for something small for the kiddos and easy to eat, Mini Baked Mooncakes with Pandan Lotus Paste with Black Sesame fillings is perfect for you. The cute cartoon characters imprints will definitely bring smiles to the small ones.
The Flour Chemistry customer’s favorites are the Traditional Baked Mooncakes, beautiful rich golden brown crusts with fillings of luxurious White Lotus, Red Bean & Pandan Paste. And the popular among the young ones (and the young at heart) without a doubt is The Piggy, traditionally baked & hand crafted Piggy Mooncake with White Lotus, Red Bean & Pandan Paste fillings.
2 – Shanghai Mooncake
The difference of Shanghai Mooncake as compared to Traditional Baked Mooncake is in the crust. Shanghai Mooncake has crust similar to short crust pastry. If you like crumbly and buttery crust over chewy ones, this mooncake is perfect for you.
Leisure Fun Baking’s Cheesy Shanghai Mooncake with Lotus Paste & Salted Egg Yolk has the perfect balance of saltiness, cheesiness and sweetness.
3 – Piglet Biscuits or Moon Cake Biscuits
Piglet biscuit usually comes in the shapes of fish or piglet and individually packed in small plastic baskets or cages symbolizing prosperity and wealth. However we are seeing huge varieties of piglet biscuits these days in the shape of Chinese horoscope animals, cartoon characters, cars, airplanes and etc. A piglet biscuit has the same dough as traditional moon cake and is baked.
Leisure Fun Baking‘s Mooncake Biscuits is made of Golden Syrup, peanut oil & top flour.
4 – Snow Skin Mooncake
Snow Skin Mooncake first makes an appearance during the 1980s. These mooncakes are non-baked and unlike the traditional mooncakes these have to be stored in the fridge and also served chilled. Comes in glutinous rice skin crust and Jelly crust.
Glutinous Rice Crust Snow Skin Mooncake
Made from glutinous rice flour, it has the similar soft and chewy texture to mochi. The fillings are usually more alike to traditional mooncakes.
Leisure Fun Baking’s Natural Color Cartoon Series Snow Skin Mini Mooncakes with assorted fillings of White Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste and Pandan Lotus Paste taste as good as they look.
This beautiful jade-like Non-Baked Snow Skin Green Tea Mooncake with Green Tea Paste crafted by The Flour Chemistry.
Jelly Crust Mooncake
Jelly Crust Mooncake has crust made of agar-agar, gelatine or Konnyaku jelly. Typically flavoured with fruit flavourings, but nowadays you can get anything from dragonfruit to durian to chocolate to cappuccino.
If you are looking for Jelly Mooncakes, Sweet Haven is your baker. Some of the hot favourites are Cendol with Gula Melaka Filling, Colourful Dragonfruit, Cappuccino Cheese and Green Tea with Red Bean Filling.
5 – Rose Mooncake
Similar to Suzhou and Taiwan-style mooncakes, these Rose Mooncakes are light, flaky, and very difficult to resists. The crust has a texture that is similar to puff pastry.
Crystal Baker’s Rose Mooncakes comes in 4 delicious flavours: Yam Pandan (purple), Red Bean Strawberry (pink), Tau Yong Egg Yolk Pandan (green), and Tau Yong Red Bean Egg Yolk Banana (yellow). It can easily be eaten as a tea time snack too.
6 – Contemporary Mooncake
PetiteBite’s mooncupcake comes in 4 unique flavours, the popular Red Velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, Chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache, Carrot, pumpkin seeds & pistachio cupcake with cream cheese frosting and their latest addition of Peanut Butter Jelly cake with butter cream frosting. Why not treat your loved ones to these freshly baked moist and tantalizing mooncupcakes if contemporary is more of your style. They not only look amazingly appealing but taste heavenly too!
Cover picture’s mooncakes by The Flour Chemistry