A little over a week ago, I created a seriously scrumptious carrot cake using carrots from our garden. Taipei’s Ambassador Hotel as soon as analyzed the sweet and sour content of several pineapple fillings and found that one with a sourness rating of 61.5% (featuring Pingtung No. 2 and No. 3 with a bit of Tainan Guanmiao No. 17) was ideal—sweet with a mildly sour finish. Seal the edges, shape round again, press the cake into the mould and bake in the pre-heated oven of 180 degree Celsius for about 15-20 minutes.
For added hygiene, every cake is generally wrapped in airtight plastic, accompanied by a tiny food preserver packet. When Yuen was expanding up in Hong Kong, the legends her parents passed on sealed her fascination with the moon and its celebration. Chia Te’s pineapple cake is said to include a small quantity of winter melon in the pineapple filling to enhance the texture. That is why some persons say you can see the outlining of a little furry animal on the moon. It’s a standard yellow cake mix with a buttery brown sugar mixture to go in the bottom of the pan with the pineapple slices.
We spent the day with each other speaking and laughing and learning much more about each other when rolling out the dough wrapping huge balls of red bean, lotus seed, and pineapple filling pressing them into carved wooden molds brushing the tops with an eggwash then baking the mooncakes under the watchful eye of Eastern Accents owner Ben Sun until they turned a deep golden brown.
It’s most popular for its pineapple cakes but it has a enormous array of goods ranging from cranberry pineapple cakes, wife cakes (老婆鉼), sun cakes (太陽鉼), mung bean cakes (綠豆椪), moon cakes (月餅) and even nougat. In other words I will be sandwiching a two layer (albeit greater cake)…which suggests much less buttercream than a four layer cake. Without having a single ingredient that is naturally sweet, you could virtually inform what type of moon cake this is, a actually healthful a single. Transfer the grated pineapple (like juices) to a substantial heavy-primarily based casserole.
On this somber tenth anniversary of 9/11 , my hope is that the Moon Festival themes of household unity and togetherness cast their light across our nation to enable us get past the Islamophobia and race-baiting to come collectively again, and in the course of action, better recognize each others’ cultures, histories, perspectives.