The best-known Mid-Autumn Festival food is, of course, the mooncake, which, with its round shape represents the full moon.
What are mooncakes filled with?
Mooncakes classically consist of circular pastry shells filled with a sweet or savoury filling. Part of the culinary appeal of mooncakes is the contrast in textures between the shell and the rich-tasting filling. This is often red bean paste, made from cooked, sweetened azuki beans, which has a distinctive, slightly earthy, nuttiness.
During baking the pattern on the mooncakes will fade slightly. Press them firmly into the mould to achieve a strong pattern. Mooncakes are best enjoyed on the same day as baking but will keep for 1 week in an airtight container. To crisp the pastry warm in the oven for 5 minutes.
How long can homemade mooncakes last?
Mooncakes will keep for a week or so in an airtight container, away from heat and light. But they’re best enjoyed fresh!