Greeting my friends,
Mid Autumn Festival (15 September 2016) is just round the corner and a galore of different MOONCAKES are now on sale! Because of their popularity, the festival is also known as the ‘Mooncake Festival’.
The tradition of eating mooncakes originates from China and mooncakes are usually given as gifts to loved ones and eaten during the Mid Autumn Festival.
The festival is linked to Chang Er, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality.
There is also a fascinating ancient folk tale about how the Chinese overthrew their Mongolian rulers by organising revolts through the passing of messages hidden in mooncakes during this festival.
Mooncakes are rather unhealthy because they have very high sugar and fat content.
I’ve managed to make healthier alternatives by using sweet potatos to replace the skin of the mooncakes and using sugar free fillings for them!
First I steamed the sweet potatoes and mashed them up. I added some wheat flour to improve the consistency so that it becomes a dough.
Next I added protein into the sugar free paste.
The amazing thing about these mooncakes is that they are much lower in calories compared to those bought in stores. The colours from the different sweet potatoes are also very pretty (purple, yellow and orange)!
We started making them for fun but didn’t expect it is so well received by our friends and we have been baking for them since then! 😊
We hope that you enjoy making and eating them as much as we did.
There is an ancient Chinese poem about the moon：
People experience sorrow, joy, separation and reunion,
The moon may be dim or bright, round or crescent shaped,
This imperfection has been going on since the beginning of time.
May we all be blessed with longevity,
Though thousands of miles apart,
we are still able to share the beauty of the moon together.