The latest craze I have is to make snow skin mooncake since I do not have oven. Well, my first attempt actually failed. My snowskin is too oily and very much like a melted playdough. I substituted shortening with butter and probably in the wrong proportion too. Later, I got to know butter has a lower melting point that shortening and hence, it is not quite possible for it to maintain solid form in the room temperature. However, I did read from one blogger who actually did succeed making them using olive oil. (This is also liquid in room temperature ) So, that sets me thinking hard. I will try out again this weekend.
Well, wonder why lotus paste is expensive? It's hard work! I won't say my lotus paste taste wonderfully nice but it has the basic taste of it.
My recipe is from Christine's Recipe,
The following yield 1.2Kg of lotus paste
400g brown peel lotus seeds ($3.23)
200g organic raw sugar ($2.24)
200ml sunflower oil ($0.65)
Total cost: ($6.12) *If you use non-organic sugar, it would be even cheaper. Opting for organic is a personal choice
Total time spent: 4.5hr
2 hours washing the skin off and taking out the heart of the lotus seeds
2.5hr to complete the whole process
It is not the first time that I spent long hours in kitchen making food from scratch. I love doing so because I know exactly what is being put into my own food but this preparation one really tired me out. Imagine the hard work cracking the lotus seeds into half and picking the core out one by one. After cooking, puréeing batch by batch because my chopper is
|My sweet hubby helping me out :)|
Wondering why I am using the brown peel instead of the white ones, (They are two kinds available in the market) I do not know whether it is true but the shop owner told me that most white ones are chemically washed! *Gasp* He offered me to used a manually washed ones which was priced slightly higher than the washed ones. I do not know whether this is a marketing strategy because the skins of the brown peel are really hard to washed away. Can it really be manually washed off? Maybe, some day I will try in smaller batch to see if I can wash the skin off one by one.. Also, I just found out from Wikipedia, the brown peel ones are actually ripen or nearly ripen seeds, whereas the white ones comes from young seeds which almost fully developed seeds.In the article, they also mentioned about the use of chemicals to bleach their products, so choose your seeds wisely!