Sunday, September 4, 2011

Jelly Mooncakes Recipe

My nephew's birthday party was last Sat (3 Sep 11). He wanted to eat jellies at his party so I volunteered to make some. Since the Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up, my mum suggested that I used her mooncake moulds for the jelly.

Mid-Autumn Festival {中秋节, or Mooncake Festival} is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. This year it falls on Monday, 12 Sep 11. The moon is at its brightest and roundest on this day (or rather, night). Mid-Autumn Festival traditionally celebrates the end of the fall harvesting season, but more often than not, it is very culturally important to Chinese families because it is a time to gather together to eat mooncakes {I will post examples of mooncakes later this week!}, play with lanterns and admire the beautiful moon.

A bowl of cocktail fruits, packets of agar-agar {made from some kind of seaweed} powder and my mum's mooncake moulds. Couldn't show all here but check out the intricate designs!

Small jelly mooncakes. You can't really see the pretty patterns here. Maybe I shouldn't have added the fruits...

Big round jelly mooncake.

Big square jelly mooncake.

Time taken:

About 1 hr

Ingredients:
2 packets of agar-agar powder {they come in different colours btw}
1,600ml (800ml for each packet) of water
1 can (860g) cocktail fruits
5-6 pcs rock sugar

Method:
  1. Dissolve one packet of agar-agar powder in 800ml of water.
  2. Add in the rock sugar, stir and bring to boil over low heat. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add in the sweet syrup from the can of cocktail fruits
  4. Dish the fruits into the moulds
  5. Pour the hot mixture into the mould and allow to cool. It should take about 20-30mins to completely set.
The instructions from the agar-agar powder packet said to add the power in 1 litre of water, but I had to transport the jelly mooncakes to another location so I wanted the jelly mooncakes to be a bit firmer, hence added less water. It's hard to say how many servings the mixtures would make because it depends on the shape and size of your moulds. These mooncakes are subtly sweet. If you want it sweeter use white sugar, or a dash of honey over the mooncakes :)

OMG actually I got it right only on the 2nd try. Smart-ass me did not bother to follow instructions again and only added hot water the first time. I never made agar-agar before, only simple jellies from ready-mix packets, and those only needed hot water to dissolve the powder. I happily dished the fruits into the moulds (40 of them thank you very much) and left them in the fridge to set. 1.5hrs later, they were still in liquid form!!!

I called the family Masterchef (i.e. my mum) and asked her about it. She asked me what I did so I told her. My mum paused, then said, "didn't you read the instructions??! You have to boil the agar-agar!!". Oopsssie. :P

Lesson learnt. Always follow instructions if you are cooking something for the very first time, and make sure you know a professional chef heehee.

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25 comments:

mommytoalot said...

Those look so neat. I know my kids would love them.
Great idea!

Kathy said...

They are so pretty and I bet they are fun to eat! My kids would love these!

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Sakura,
I do not know if you got the comment I wrote early this morning. I think these look great and I can understand why your nephew wanted them for his birthday party. I also informed you that I passed on the Liebster Blog award to you as you are among the favourite blogs that I am following. I wrote about it on my Blog this morning. Take care and my best wishes to you.
Judy

Beth@Wiccan Make Some Too said...

So interesting & fun! Love the "moon cake" molds. Following your blog now. I would love for you to show this off at my Wickedly Crafty Saturdays! Linky is still up & running. http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2011/09/wickedly-crafty-saturdays-90311.html

cheerfulnuts said...

I'm not so fond of mooncakes, but your jelly mooncakes look yummy! We've just played dice yesterday, and we had received a box of mooncakes from a family friend. I didn't win the grand prize.:( But we had fun.:)

seriousnuts said...

That's a great idea! Using mooncake molds to make these yummy desserts. They look so tasty. Mooncake festival is a great festivity that I always look forward to each year. The dice game is fun. I've played twice on separate occasions already this year, but just like my sister (cheerfulnuts from above), I didn't get any big prizes. I hope I'll have better luck the next time around. Happy mooncake festival!

Adrine said...

Your nephew must have been thrilled! The jellies looks so pretty.

Wife on the Roller Coaster said...

Looks oishi! I'm a new follower from the Monday Mingle blog hop. And I love cherry blossoms too! I lived in Japan for 3 years (my husband is in the military), and I absolutely loved living there. My daughter was born there so we have an excuse to go back and visit sometime. Cherry blossom season was my very favorite time of year. One year we went to Kyoto, and we go there about 5 days before they bloomed. Oh, how I would have loved to see the sakura in Kyoto!

Nice to meet you! Hope you can stop by and say hi. :)

Wife on the Roller Coaster
http://www.ridingtherollercoaster.com

KB and Whitesnake said...

Looking great.

Heather said...

This is SO cute LOL!
Very creative!
I just learned about the Moon Festival and Moon Cakes....on the cartoon "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan!", which probably seems silly to you, but its my daughters most favorite show besides Blues Clues.
But I have actually learned a LOT about Chinese culture from the show! Its great! I know quite a bit about Japanese Culture, as we hosted a couple Exchange students for a year each when I was a kid and learned a lot, even the basic language.

But I have always found the Chinese Culture intriguing as well and always love learning about it. Moon cakes actually look really Yummy and I would LOve to try them and maybe even make the traditional lanterns!

Looking forward to your post about the moon cakes later! :)

Ai Sakura said...

Oh yes the jellies were yummy and definitely easy enough for the kids to make I'm sure ;p

Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me said...

They looked so pretty and perfect for your party and festival.

Thanks for the tips on how to make them.

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me.

reanaclaire said...

Jelly or agar agar, both I like.. now so convenient.. just add water .. nice looking moulds you have!

The Betty Project said...

These are too cute... I love the molds you used to make them. We have a lot of fruity jellies like this in Japan..I found out very quickly how good and addictive they are lol

Oliveoylz said...

What a great idea to make fruit cocktail jelly mooncake since the mid-autumn festival is coming up very very soon. Bet the birthday boy was thrilled to bits!

Kandice said...

how cool! it kind of looks like a giant waxy soap bar i've made before. looks like it smells really good! haha love the colors. was it good?

new follower, by the way! sent over from the reflexions blog hop :) can't wait to read more!

Christina Williams said...

Those are so cute. I'm not a fan of jellies, but my daughters would certainly love those!
~Christina
theblogentourage.com

abeachcottage said...

Your jellie-mooncakes look delish and so fun to eat, bet your nephew enjoyed them very much. Thanks for sharing the recipe at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

Helen said...

They look very pretty and I'm sure your nephew really enjoyed them :)

Michelle L. said...

Those molds are wonderful! I think your jelly cakes turned out gorgeous, super fun for kids!

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Very interesting! My grandkids would love these!

Emily said...

love the idea. I am in Hong Kong and there are moon cakes all over right now. looks really tasty! Would love for you to come and share this Tuesday at my tasty Tuesday party! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

Sherry said...

Love your mooncakes. It is fun to read about your different customs and food. Very neat! I liked you on Facebook. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Claire' Healthy Home said...

Just found your blog from Livin' the Hike Life! These jelly cakes look fun. My boys would love them! Have a great day, Claire

air to air exchanger said...

They are so pretty and I bet they are fun to eat! My kids would love these!