Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Snow Skin (Ping Pei) Mooncakes
It has already been at least 3 weeks after attending the mooncake making class at Melinda's but have not got down to making any since then. Anyway, I think we do have at least a month more to go before Mooncake festival, which I believe falls in mid September. However, since in my enthusiasm after the class and having bought some ready made lotus pastes, I finally decided to pick up my arse and did something about them.
Of all the the types of mooncakes, I reckon the snow skin ping pei ones are the easiest to make and I quite like them myself. When I told my mum that I was going to make some, she insisted that I made enough so that my brothers can take home some for their in-laws too. Oh well, I was not going to be too ambitious, hence, I made them in two batches, since both of them were not going to make it back for dinner on the same weekend.
I used the recipe which was given by Melinda for the first batch. That produced only very few mooncakes and as they were my first attempt to make them without Melinda's supervision, they were passable. Made an error in reading the recipe though. Used more pastry dough than fillings. Hence, I must say that unless you like pastry dough more than you liked fillings, those are really low grade mooncakes haha.
The second time when I made then, I used another recipe which I got off a recipe book. The quantity was a lot more as it yielded 4 large ping pei mooncakes and about 15 smaller ones. I forgot to take a copy of the recipe this morning. Will edit this post later when I do.
The pastry dough is quite yummy as it is basically the "yuen koh", soft cake that you can sometimes find at the pasar malam, night markets. They used to cost only about RM1 a bag. These days, I reckon they must cost at least RM2.60 a bag. You can still find an uncle selling them in OUG pasar malams on Thursday nights.
As I only made 4 large ones, I asked my brother if he liked the salted duck eggs. He said he did. So, I made one with 2 duck eggs especially for him. Any more eggs then i might as well just hand him the duck eggs with a clump of pastry.
I had some pastry dough left which I used a cookie cutter to cut up... mmm.. I like these as much as those with the lotus fillings :) yum yum.