On mid-autumn festival, it is tradition to share and consume moon cakes for the Chinese and Vietnamese community. Different Chinese provinces have different types of moon cakes. For this year, I am attempting the Teochew spiral/swirl moon cake.
After 2 attempts at this spiral pastry technique, as you can see, it was unsuccessful. My oil dough was crumbly and I wasn't sure how to remedy it. Add more oil to bring it together? I'll definitely have to try to do a better job perfecting this technique by the next mid-autumn festival!
1) I am inserting the exact texts from both links as mentioned below for my own future reference.
2) I have halved the recipe for the dough which makes about 16 medium-size mooncakes
3) I have made the full custard recipe; which is sufficient.
4) To make egg custard filling ahead to let it cool before preparing the dough part.
Spiral moon cake
For the pastry (recipe via House of Annie )
Water Dough (A)
200g unbleached all-purpose flour
28g icing sugar
pinch of salt
80g cold butter
Oil Dough (B)
180g unbleached all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
90g oil (I use canola)
½ tsp pandan essence (sub. with almond extract)
1. For the water dough, sift flour, sugar and salt. Then cut butter into flour mixture using fingertips or pastry blender until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add in water and mix to form a soft, non-sticky dough. If it is sticky, you will need to add a bit more flour to get it to be the right texture. You should be able to form a soft ball that won’t stick to your hands. You don’t have to knead it. Cover and set aside to rest for 20 mins.
2. For the oil dough, sift flour and salt. Then, make a well in the centre of the flour and add in oil and pandan essence. Draw in the flour from the sides and mix to form a soft even coloured dough (same thing here, if it’s too sticky, add more dough till you form a soft ball that doesn’t stick to your hands). Do not over-mix. Cover and set aside for 20 mins.
To assemble and bake:
3. Preheat oven to 185 C or 350 F.
4. Divide A and B into 10 equal balls.
5. Taking one piece of (A), flatten and wrap (B) in it. Pinch to seal edges.
6. With the sealed side facing up, roll into a rectangle.
7. Roll up like a snail to form a ‘cylinder’, turn the cylinder 90 degrees, with the end facing up.
8. Roll again into a long thin strip.
9. Using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, cut the cylinder in the middle into two pieces.
10. With the cut side facing down, flatten the dough, making the edges slightly thinner than the centre. I tend to leave a little hump in the center so that when the filling is wrapped around the pastry, the dough will be evenly thick all around (looks like a Mexican sombrero).
11. Wrap the filling and pinch to seal. Try not to ‘tug/pull’ too hard, otherwise the layers will tear. Best to flatten the dough larger than smaller so it’s easier to pinch. And when you pinch, you will find that the bottom looks ugly—don’t worry about it.
For Egg Custard filling (via MaomaoMom)
3 extra large egg yolks,
½ cup sugar (105g)
1/3 cup+1 tbsp milk (88g)
3 tbsp all purpose flour (34g)
2.5 tbsp dry milk powder (14g)
2.5 tbsp butter (35g)
1) Place all ingredients (A) in a medium size microwave safe bowl, whisk well with a fork-
2) Add in the same bowl, all ingredients (B)
3) Place the bowl in the microwave , heat on high for 40 seconds. Stir the content and then heat for 30 seconds, reheat with 20 second intervals until fully cooked. Let it cool then divide into 12 equal portions. Form into balls with both palms then set aside and continue to start the mooncake dough