Five-nuts Mooncakes

When I first saw this recipe I knew I had to do it. They looked to me like energy bars – considering the filling, but in a very pretty presentation. You can read more about them here.

There are many types of Mooncakes, depending on the filling you choose to put in them. I choose the five-nuts version. The original recipe is here, but as you already know me I modified a bit the recipe to suit the ingredients I had.

The most important part of these cookies is the mold, you can make them without it but they wouldn’t be as pretty 🙂

I found mine on amazon

Now for the cookies, there are two parts: the crust and the filling. I made my crust using: 75 g honey, 35 g oil, 10 g water and 150 g flour.

For the filling I used: 45 g walnuts, 45 g almonds, 160 g seeds mix (sunflower, sesames, pumpkin), 75 g glutinous rice flour, 30 g honey, 30 g oil, 25 g sugar, 30 g water.

The filling must be sticky and easy to form into balls

that will be then covered with the crust

This recipe is for 10 cookies, so I formed 10 balls and 10 pieces of crust. Covering the filling balls with the crust require a bit of attention because the crust is a very thin layer.

Then I put the ball into the mold, gently press to form the cakes and then push it out

They already look pretty 🙂

After finishing all 10 cookies I made a eggwash from one egg yolk and a tablespoon of water

I baked the cakes in a hot oven for 5 min, take them out and bush them with the eggwash, put them back for another 5 min but at lower heat and take them out again for a second eggwash, than put them back for another 10 min or until they become golden

Take them out on a rack to cool down

and serve only one ! they are calorie bombs 🙂

but they are so yummmmy

Who need energy bars when you can have Mooncakes made at home 🙂

They are perfect for a sweet treat or to be taken with you on trips.

Happy cooking !

An alternative to incense sticks

Sometime I feel the need to change the “smell” in the house. This is usually after a very “smelly” dish that I cooked or in any other situation when the air in the house is not how it suppose to be not even after a tedious aeration.

Some time I use incense sticks, but for a healthier alternative I use Frankincense. I have a stone recipient big enough to accommodate a disc of charcoal, I light the charcoal than put a small piece of Frankincense on top and let it burn until is over. In no time all of the bed smells are gone 🙂

I don’t use it for religious or spiritual rituals, I just like the smell 🙂

Do you use Frankincense?