In another 3 days, it will be Mid Autumn Day! Oh yah!
I know there are other countries who celebrate Mid Autumn Day as well. But I don't think it is as serious as in China. Many of my friends misunderstood that this festival is for eating mooncakes, actually this is not the key part. The mooncake is just an resemblance of family members gathering around, as well as the moon on this day. Why? For that they share the same characteristics: being round. In Chinese, the word "round" means not only the shape of roundness, but also family members getting together. And in Chinese culture, family coherency is very important to everyone. Therefore, this Mid Autumn Festival is pretty important day.
So here is a recipe to share. It's not the traditional mooncake since it doesn't take days to make, and it has gained a lot of popularity these days for its fresh tastes and easy way of making.
Bing Pi Yue Bin: direct translation is "Ice-skin mooncake"
Prepare these powder bags: sticky rice powder, white rice powder, and wheat starch
Step 1: Mix 185 g of milk, 50 g sugar, 20 ml cooking oil
Step 2: Add 45 g sticky rice powder, 35 white rice powder and 20 g wheat starch, stir it well and set it aside for 30 minutes
Step 3: Put it in a steamer for 15 to 20 minutes
Step 4: Use chopsticks to stir it until smooth after it is cooled down.
Step 5: In a dry pan, heat up some sticky rice powder, because the dough is very sticky, you need this on your hand and the cutting board to make it easier to shape up the cake
Step 6: roll the dough up and divide it into 2 cm thick pieces
Step 7: Place the red bean paste in the middle.
I made my own red bean paste, basically you soak the red beans for overnight, and boil them on medium high for 1 hour and add in sugar or syrup, done!
Step 8: Pay attention, when wrap up, you don't need to cover all, but to press up the edge together to seal the hole.
Step 9: wrap it up! And press it into a mold, I used some round stuff bought from IKEA
Step 10: Put in the plate in the refridge for overnight.
Step 11: Serve!