Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lunar Festival= Mooncakes! (Recipe Part I)

This past Sunday was the actual day of celebration for the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival, but our town had a major power outage due to the hurricane or something, so celebration was postponed partly because of no light and partly because you simply couldn't see the moon (which is pretty much the whole point of the Moon Festival)!

Anyways, I had the honor of going to our local public school to teach the Chinese Club how to make mooncakes! Of course, I made some at home beforehand so that I would get to eat some before all of the ravaging teenagers finished them off haha.

Here are some of the ones made at the high school:

These are the molds I used for making the mooncakes. Flour them lightly, fill them with your dough-filling package and tap twice on the side and once on the front.

Here's a peek inside of mine (pineapple and sweetened mung bean fillings)!

Now, recipe time!

Vegan Mooncakes
12 1/2 - 13 T EB (in stick form, slightly softened)
2/3 C vegan powdered sugar (sifted)
2 C unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 c plus 1 T Vanilla pudding powder (such as Simply Organics)
1 T Soymilk powder, plain (if you have the sweetened variety, sift out the sugar)
1 Ener-g egg or 3-4 T soy yogurt

  1. Cream the EB and sugar until light and (surprise!) creamy, 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, pudding powder, and soymilk powder.
  3. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the EB mixture in several additions. (It won't be completely compact; don't worry; it's normal for the dough to look crumbly)
  4. Stir in your egg replacer of choice.
  5. Knead it lightly until it comes together.
  6. Flour lightly, wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ohmigosh! I totally remember moon cakes from when I used to live in China!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Hehe I think we posted on each others' blogs at the same exact time.

Anonymous said...

yumm! Those look amazing! * jealous* I have to try making them sometime!

Anonymous said...

Those look amazing! And so cute too =)

River said...

Can't have a Moon Festival without the moon!
Someone was making Mooncakes on one of those morning TV shows a few weeks ago and they didn't hold a candle to yours!

VeggieGirl said...

A verson-version of mooncakes?!???!?! FANTASTIC!!!

Anonymous said...

Wauw! You keep amazing me that a 14-year old is able in making great looking stuff like this. And also creating her own recipes? Your mom must be very proud of you.

chow vegan said...

Vegan mooncakes, that's so awesome! I used to like to eat the ones with all of the different things in the filling as I wasn't a big fan of ones with the bean paste.

T said...

Oooh, I've tried these before! They taste so unusual. I'm gonna have to give homemade ones a shot.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Woah! I think "mooncakes" is secret code for "really fancy cookies." I'm impressed!

Haha, and good thinking about making some for yourself before taking them to the teenagers! I do the same kinda thing if I take baked goods somewhere -- I must eat one first, before they all disappear!

Allison said...

Looks yummy!!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Vegan mooncakes, how cool!!

Wild Spice said...

Um, yum!! I love it!! Awesome vegan blog! Just starting my own, here's the link:

Your blog rocks...And so does tofu! :D

Amey said...

hey tofufreak!
What a fun blog. Those mooncakes are really lovely. I have heard about mooncakes many times, but I've never tasted one.

You asked about the hummus packs on my blog. I'm not sure where you live (hurricane=texas?), but you could ask around. I think the brand name is "Wild Garden" The packets are shelf-stable (they don't need to be refridgerated) and they are quite yummy.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! The singles wedding cake made me laugh! Did hurricane Ike make it's way up to you in Ohio? We got hit hard in Texas and I didn't follow it's trail from here.

Anonymous said...

ooooooooh mooncakes! how exciting! yours look amazing!

Lauren said...

okay can i just say those look AMAZING! wow..i'm jealous haha

Anonymous said...

Oh moon cakes!! cute molds. I've never seen them before. That's awesome that you make your own moon cakes.

Vaala said...

Ooo, mooncakes! I've seen many pictures but never had any idea how they were made or what they were for. They look awesome.