Saturday, August 31, 2013

Spiral Moon Cake - International Food Challenge #1

I love challenges and the best part of food challenges is to learn along with other fellow food bloggers like curious as like me, i have been participating since i started blogging with a couple of food challenges happening in this virtual world and one of the recent food challenge is this International Food Challenge , a monthly event started by two wonderful food bloggers. Seriously i love this Internation food challenge, its a wonderful platform to learn various cuisine which is not that much familiar for many of us. Thanks to  Sara and Shobana, the brain childs of this event for inviting me to this food challenge.

This month's challenge is Cantonese cuisine,well this cuisine is one of the main cuisine in China. Their basic cooking techniques include roasting,stir frying,sauting,deep-frying,braising,stewing and steaming. Since am living in China town here, i know how wonderful and quick this cuisine is. Have you ever tasted their cantonese fried rice with chicken,prawns and eggs together, my kid will go crazy for this rice. Am an ardent fan of their cuisine and i got an immense chance to make their spiral moon cake which is quite famous during Chinese new year.I have tasted this moon cake before few years and its was a mystery for me , seriously i wondered how this cake is prepared, but finally i able to make some moon cake at home through this challenge. The store bought moon cake and this homemade moon cake doesnt have that much difference apart from the mould the stored one goes for and they tastes much more delicious after a day.Yes its hard to stop just with one.


Recipe Source: House of Annie
Ingredients:
300grms Sweet potatoes (purple ones preferable)
1/4cup Milk powder
1tbsp Butter
1/2cup Sugar
1/2tsp Salt

 Boil sweet potatoes then peel and mash the sweet potatoes.

Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed potatoes and cook in a pan until it forms a paste.

Roll out into 10 balls. Put aside while making the pastry dough.

For the moon cake dough:
Water Dough (A)
1cup All-purpose flour
1tbsp Icing sugar
Pinch of salt
2tbsp Cold butter
5-6tbsp Water

Oil Dough (B)
3/4cup All-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/4cup Oil
1/2tsp Pandan essence

For water dough:
Sift the flour,sugar and water.

Add in the cold butter into the flour mixture and mix it with ur fingers until the mixture ressembles as breadcrumbs.

Add in the water and to form a soft but not sticky dough,cover and keep aside for 20minutes.

If the dough is sticky add more flour to get the soft pliable dough.

For Oil Dough:
Sift the flour,salt.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and add in the oil and pandan essence.

Bring the flour from the sides and mix to form a softe coloured dough,dont overmix.

Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes.

Rolling the cake:
Divide both the dough into equal 10 balls.

Take one piece from the water dough, flatten it and wrap a piece of oil dough, pinch to seal the edges.

With the sealed side facing up roll it as a oval shape disc.

Roll up it to form as cylinder like shape, turn the cylinder towards u and roll again to for a long thin strip.

Roll it again as a cylinder and cut it in the middle to form two pieces.

With the cut side facing down,flatten the dough,making the edges slightly thinner than the centre.

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet over a baking tray.

Now place the sweet potato filling, wrap it and pinch to seal and roll slightly as a round ball.

Place it to the lined baking tray and bake for 20-25minutes until the top turns slightly brown.

Tips:
I loved my filling much sweeter coz the outside cover will be very flaky and very less in sweet, if the filling is sweet the pastry will be well balanced.

The dough will get dry quickly, so work fast to roll them.

If you hard time in rolling the oil dough, dont hesitate to sprinkle some water and knead them as a dough.

31 comments:

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

Really interesting recipe...

Aps prabhu said... Reply To This Comment

It is a delight to watch priya i am sure tastes super!

Suja Md said... Reply To This Comment

Wow priya, the spiral moon cake turn out extremely, love your patience dear!!

Veena Theagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

I am big fan of moon cake but scared to try.. this looks amazing

Finla said... Reply To This Comment

They look so good and i love the color.

Maha Gadde said... Reply To This Comment

beautifully luking these cake..love d colour n cute shape...ur step wise clicks much more helpful...

Priya Anandakumar said... Reply To This Comment

Very beautiful and lovely looking moon cake... lovely clicks akka...

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

loved your recipe.

Even i love to bake please check :

http://poojainthekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/08/madeline-cookies.html

Saras Sho said... Reply To This Comment

oh wow, beautifully made and the collage for the step by step instructions is osm, Thanks for trying Priya dear

CHITRA said... Reply To This Comment

wow, sounds yummy. very well explained

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

very very deliicous and yummy moon cake :) you have explained them so well aks :)

Meena Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Priya you have such patience to be part of so many challenges.I am really amazed by the efforts u put in.
Moon cake looks perfect.

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful cake !

Arthy shama said... Reply To This Comment

Looks very challenging and yummy cake priya :)

Happys Cook said... Reply To This Comment

Urs came out very well.... perfectly made

Vimitha Anand said... Reply To This Comment

Cake looks so beautiful akka

Priya Elias said... Reply To This Comment

The Moon cakes look so perfect Priya. Love the colour on them :) I'm so glad that you have put all the step by step clicks too. They are so helpful!

Nadji said... Reply To This Comment

MAGNIFIQUE!!!!!!!!!!Bravo.
A bientôt

Chitz said... Reply To This Comment

Perfectly done, the spiral looks awesome & beautiful !

Sangeetha Priya said... Reply To This Comment

wonderful spiral cakes and neat explanation too :-)

mickeydownunder said... Reply To This Comment

G'day Priya! Your mooncakes are beautiful, true!
They are now on my list to try and do! Thank you!
Viewed as part of the IFC Challenge too!
Cheers! Joanne
@mickeydownunder

Niloufer Riyaz said... Reply To This Comment

perfect n delicious Priya

kumars kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

these moon cakes look so lovely and bright,the swirl of green shades for the outer cover is beautiful to look at,moon cakes are our all time favorite especially with the red bean paste in them,yummy :-)

Sona S said... Reply To This Comment

beautifully done, the cake looks delicious.

Sayantani said... Reply To This Comment

wonderful recipe. so well explained.

Uma Ramanujam said... Reply To This Comment

This is the one which I find it difficult to make every time..wish to join with IFC...ore ekkama irukku priya...but not even a single event work out for me..:-(

Angie Schneider said... Reply To This Comment

So pretty! Love your sweet potato filling.

nayana said... Reply To This Comment

lovely clicks n perfectly made moon cakes, look so yummy....

Archana Potdar said... Reply To This Comment

Looks beautiful.

Sweta Biswal said... Reply To This Comment

beautifully done cake!!

tinku shaji said... Reply To This Comment

Priya you have done it so beautifully.. the step by step pics gives a lively demo