Learning Chinese can be hard. Some parents hire a Chinese tutor, buy lots of Chinese books, or even take their kids to China in the summer so their kids can be immersed in Chinese culture. Making and eating Chinese food is one of the best ways to taste the “flavor” of China. It is a hands-on and super fun family activity as well. However, trying new food from a different culture can be a challenge too, especially for the little one. Little kids may not like eating traditional Chinese mooncakes, so this version of mooncakes is perfect for kids to start with. Not to mention, the snow skin dough feels like playdough so it is super fun for kids to make some snow skin mooncakes.
I learned this recipe from a very good friend, Candy, who loves cooking. She is amazing with Chinese and Western baking. I’m sharing her recipe with you today.
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Tips for Making Mooncakes with kids
- Prepare ahead: Because both dough and filling need to be chilled, I prepared them 2-3 days in advance and leave them in the fridge. Since they are all ready in the fridge, I just need to wait for the perfect day to wrap the mooncakes with my kids.
- Practice with playdough: Using the mooncakes mold takes practice, especially if you want the pattern and words on the mooncake to look clear and perfect. That’s why it’s a good idea to let your kids practice using the molds with play dough first. It’d be fun for them to too.
Chocolate Snow Skin Moon Cakes
The soft, cold snow skin dough with rich and creamy chocolate filling will become the highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is a perfect dessert for everyone to celebrate this wonderful season.
Prep Time: 60 minutes Make Time: 60 minutes Total Time: 2 hours Yield: 12 mooncakes (50g each)
Snow Skin Dough:
200g Snow skin premix powder
40g Vegetable shortening
200g Water (in room temperature)
A few Coco powders/ any food powder (optional)
1 cup Cooked flour to dust the mooncake and the mold
Half of a Chocolate Cake (break it into pieces): I used this recipe from Add a Pinch. This is one of the BEST chocolate cake I ever made. I love it!
Chocolate Ganache: I also used the recipe from Add a Pinch to make my chocolate ganache.
Chocolate covered rice crispies (optional)
For the Filling:
1. Bake a chocolate cake and break it into pieces.
2. Make a batch of chocolate ganache. After it cools down, add some chocolate cereal for a better texture.
3. Mix both chocolate cake and the ganache together. and add some milk to make it creamy.
4. Put it in the fridge. Chill for at least an hour.
For the Snow Skin Dough:
1. Mix all the ingredients together, and add some Coco powder for the color of the dough.
2. Put it in the fridge. Chill for at least an hour.
Making the Mooncakes:
1. When both chocolate mixture and the dough are firm enough to handle, divide them into 25g portions each and roll into a ball.
2. In the meantime, put about a cup of flour into a steamer to steam it for 5 minutes. Take it out and cool down.
3. Flatten the dough. Place the filling into the center of the dough. Wrapped it up tightly and seal the edges.
4. Lightly dust the cooked flour in the mooncake mold. Tap and remove it gently.
5. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving.
– The ratio of the dough and the filling is very important. You don’t want to end up with too much or too little filling, or too thick or too thin of a dough.
How did My Kids’ Mooncakes Turn Out?
Our baby#4 joined us at the end…
And, he got one without us noticing. Oh no!! What a smart baby.
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What is your favorite mooncakes?
Have you ever make any mooncakes before? How’s your experience?