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I didn't know exactly what a mooncake was, but I instantly pictured a very traditional Brazilian treat, that if made with this mold, could turn out really cute.
"Mooncake" is a Chinese pastry, usually filled with lotus seed paste and a duck egg yolk in the middle, which symbolizes the moon. These pastries are eaten at Mid Autumn Festival,when the people worship the full moon.
There are many different versions of this cake and these recipes certainly don't have anything to do with the Brazilian "empadinhas". But then, I visited Charlotte's Blog "AMBITIOUS BUBBLE" and she had made something so similar to what I had in mind! At this moment I didn't have any more doubts whether to buy the mold. She totally inspired me!
To mold the "mooncake", take a piece of dough and shape it like a bowl, using your hands.
Add the filling of your choice and seal the dough, forming a ball.
Insert the ball into the mold and press it on your counter or table.
Lift the mold and press to release the mooncake.
My mooncakes lost some of their shape and design after baking, just like Charlotte's, but the rose pattern can still be seen and I loved the new looks of my Asian "empadinhas".
Here is the recipe for the pie dough I use for making "empadinhas". I'm not posting the filling because it was only an improvisation, with leftover chicken, for testing my new toy :o)
100g butter (chilled and diced)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
Put all ingredients in a food processor or knead by hand to form a ball. Do not overwork the dough. Put the dough in a plastic bag and leave it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Mold the pies, fill with your choice of filling, brush some egg yolk on top and bake on medium (190ºC) for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.