Different Season Between Two Countries: Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
Different Season Between Two Countries: Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
14 September 2016



Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar year, which is the day of the full moon,  is a big thing in China,  also a big thing for Chinese in New Zealand, even there is spring now: eating mooncakes is a must wherever you are. For foodies, Mid-Autumn Festival is more like Mooncake Festival. Varity of mooncakes are the main actors in this day: a Mid-Autumn Festival cannot be perfect without eating mooncake, so a senior foody cannot be perfect without knowing how to make a mooncake! Let’s learn how to make a mooncake!



1/4 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup salted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup strawberry (or your favorite) jam (traditionally red bean paste is used so if you want a more authentic version, you can use a can of red bean paste instead of the jam).


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the butter, sugar and 1 egg yolk and stir.
  • Mix in the flour.
  • Form the dough into one large ball and wrap it in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate dough for half an hour.
  • Unwrap the chilled dough and form small balls in the palms of your hand.
  • Make a hole with your thumb  in the center of each mooncake and fill with about half a teaspoon of jam.
  • Brush each cake with the other beaten egg yolk and place on a cookie sheet.  (We didn't have a brush to do this, so skipped the brushing step)
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or just until the outside edges are slightly brown.

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