Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! I spent 10 minutes wallowing in self-pity this morning, because this the first year in many that I’ve not been treated to my mum’s delicious home-made mooncakes. But then I thought “grow up, Char” and resolved to learn for myself. Here is a store-bought mooncake (am NOT prepared to pay £7 for a 3-inch squared cake that isn’t as good as my mum’s):
Searching for recipes nearly put me off completely. 99% out there involves a ‘mooncake mold’ and ‘mooncake sugar syrup’ (which apparently needs to be matured for months?) But I persevered and found the cutest recipe from Anncoo. So I made piggy mooncakes!
I see why molds exist now. It took me over an hour to craft 10 pigs. And Pig #10 looks far less creepy than Pig #1. I used a red bean filling instead of lotus seed paste, and oh boy are they tasty – even if I do say so myself.