Traditional Vegan Mooncake Recipe is your gateway to experiencing the most popular and traditional Chinese dessert, the mooncake. In this article, I will explain everything you need to know before diving into this delicacy.
Vegan mooncakes have been a part of Chinese culture for over 3,000 years and are part of many other Asian cultures as well. It symbolizes one of four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
Each adds something different to the food that shows which season it celebrates. The pastry is also filled with different flavors such as red bean paste in springtime, green tea in autumn, or… well… anything!
This mixture of flavors creates a unique experience for each individual mooncake. This is why the vegan mooncake is so popular; it has many different flavors and a unique experience each time.
Traditional Vegan Mooncake Recipe
Prepare Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
For The Dough:
- 300g all-purpose flour
- 40g vegetable oil
- 120g golden syrup
- 1/2 tsp alkaline water (lye water)
- A few drops of food coloring (optional)
For The Filling:
- 250g lotus seed paste or red bean paste (store-bought or homemade)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 40g granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, vegetable oil, golden syrup, and alkaline water. Knead the mixture until it forms a smooth and pliable dough. If you want to add food coloring, do so at this point.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the lotus seed paste or red bean paste and stir until it’s heated through.
- Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the paste and mix until they’re well combined. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Divide the dough into 30-40 equal portions, depending on how big you want your mooncakes to be. Roll each portion into a ball and flatten it into a disk.
- Take a spoonful of filling (about 1-2 tbsp, depending on the size of the dough) and place it in the center of the disk. Fold the edges of the dough around the filling and roll it into a ball.
- Place the ball into a mooncake mold (you can buy these online or at a Chinese supermarket) and press down firmly. Tap the mold gently on a hard surface to release the mooncake.
- Place the mooncakes on a lined baking sheet and brush them with a little water to give them a shiny finish.
- Bake the mooncakes for 20-25 minutes until they’re golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely before serving.
Enjoy your delicious vegan mooncake! They’re perfect for celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival or any occasion.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
What Is The Best Mooncake Filling?
Since the mooncake has a very broad flavor spectrum, I believe that the best vegan mooncake filling is whatever you like. In my recipes, I will share with you some of my personal favorites:
- Red bean paste filling
- Dried persimmon paste filling
- Yam paste filling
How Many Types Of Mooncakes Are There?
According to Wikipedia, there are 4 main types of Mooncakes:
1. Plum: Steamed cake made with soya bean paste, glutinous rice flour, and salted egg yolk filling.
2. Sake: Soya bean paste, yeast dough, and salted egg yolk filling.
3. Taro: Glutinous rice flour, soya bean paste, and salted egg yolk filling.
4. Ripe taro: Red bean paste, glutinous rice flour, and salted egg yolk filling.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, a vegan mooncake is an awesome gift to share with family and friends. Filled with tons of filling and different flavors, it creates a unique experience for each person.
Thank you for reading my article! I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as I do. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below in the comment section, and I will be sure to help out!