【Puff pastry mooncake with nuts filling】
This is Suzhou-style mooncake to celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn festival, made with delicious nuts and seeds filling in puff pastry wrap, a great combination.
Prepare time: 1.5 hours
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12 servings
1) ¾ cup cake & pastry flour (110g), 1/4 cup fine sugar (53g), 1/2 cup roasted black sesame seeds (55g), ¼ cup roasted sun flower seeds (38g), ¼ cup roasted sliced almonds (22g), ¼ cup cashew nuts (32g) chopped, 4 dry apricots chopped, ½ tsp salt, 1/3-1/2 tsp Sechuan peppercorn powder;
2) ¼ cup corn oil (55gg);
3) 1 cup unsifted all purpose flour (160g), 1 tbsp fine sugar (14g);
4) 1/3 cup + 2 tsp water (88 g), 1.5 tbsp lard (22g), 1.5 tbsp corn oil (18g);
5) 2 tsp all purpose flour;
6) ½ cup + 3 tbsp unsifted cake&pastry flour (97g), ¼ cup corn oil (53g).
7) ½ tsp red food colour.
1: Heat ¾ cup flour in microwave oven at high for a minute and stir. Then heat for another 45 seconds and stir well. Transfer the flour and all other ingredients of Ingredient 1) in a medium size bowl, and combine with a fork. Add in corn oil and mix well (Picture 1). Divide into 12 equal portions and form into balls with both palms. Set aside (Picture 4).
2: Combine all ingredients of Ingredient 3) in a container, and mix well. Add in all ingredients of Ingredient 4) (Picture 3) to form soft dough. The dough can be quite sticky. Add 2 tsp flour and knead to form smooth dough (Picture 4). Cover with a damp cloth and let it stand for 20 minutes.
3: Combine all ingredients of Ingredient 6) in a small container (Picture 5). Mix well with a spoon (Picture 6), then cover and set aside.
4: Rub some corn oil on both hands and on working surface. Knead the dough a few times and divide into 12 equal portions. Roll out each portion into an oval about 10 cm long, and smooth on 1/12 of oil paste (Picture 7). Fold the dough twice: fold the bottom third up and the top third down (Picture 8). Turn 90 deg., press down and roll out into a 4×12 cm rectangle (Picture 9). Again, fold the bottom third up and the top third down (Picture 10).
6: Press down the dough ball and roll out into an 8 cm circle. Place one portion of filling on top (Picture 15). Carefully work the dough up to cover the filling and seal on top (Picture 16). Place it upside down and gently press down to 2 cm thickness (Picture 17). Repeat for the remaining 11 portions.
7: Preheat oven to 375F, place 12 pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to stamp on some red colour (Picture 18). Bake for 20-22 minutes, cool before serving.