Japanese Mooncake - A Popular Delicacy

Japanese Mooncake – A Popular Delicacy

One of the most popular cakes in Japan is the Japanese mooncake. It is a very sweet and delicious cake made from a variety of Japanese sweets and eaten on New Year’s Day. The recipe has been passed down through the generations and is now available in the West as delicious cupcakes or two. It is quite simple to make and there are many recipes that you can find online if you are looking to try it for yourself. The Japanese mooncake usually contains two types of ingredients; mochi (rice cake) and uranium (red beans).

Uranami is sweeter than mochi but is more often used in recipes for mooncakes. Both of these are combined and rolled into a tight ball, then deep-fried until they become one solid piece. Once this is done it is spread with furikake (a sweetened rice cake coating), which gives the mooncake its distinctive shape.

You can make your Japanese mooncakes at home, although buying them pre-made is preferable, as you will save money. Just remember to follow the basic recipe as closely as possible. Sometimes this recipe will ask you to add canned beans to the batter, but you should be able to easily find these beans at your local Asian deli. Also, depending on how much cake you are making, it might not be necessary to bake the mooncakes in a round shape.

When you buy a Japanese recipe for a Japanese mooncake, you may also receive instructions for making the filling. Making this …

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Making the Best Mid-Autumn Recipe - Mooncakes

Making the Best Mid-Autumn Recipe – Mooncakes

For weeks leading up to the Mid-Autumn festival every year, mooncakes and festival snacks abound. Many of these products were produced weeks ago and imported from places across the globe. If you’re living in the United States, finding fresh products to celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn festival can be very difficult. Whether you’re celebrating with family and friends, or just looking for some good, traditional Chinese fare, stick around for some Mid-Autumn recipes and tips.

Making the Best Mid-Autumn Recipe - Mooncakes

Background

Traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a major holiday across China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and is rife with traditions and history. As could be expected, food plays a major role in this autumn holiday.

Traditional Foods

One of the most visible and traditional Mid-Autumn recipes on display is often the mooncake. While many varieties exist, traditional mooncakes have a soft outside crust with a sweet, dense filling in the center. Other foods that are enjoyed during this time are things like pumpkin and taro to bring good health and good luck respectively. Other foods include wine with osmanthus flower and river snails, each of these is also tied to lore bringing happiness and bright eyes to those who consume them during the festival.

Simple mooncakes

Making mooncakes along with other Mid-Autumn recipes can be quite a challenge without access to traditional ingredients or mixes. In order to easily make this recipe, stopping by an Asian grocery will help speed up the process. Try …

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