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Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

By Zoebakeforhappykids @bake4happykids
Are you new to baked custard mooncakes???
Heard that they were extremely popular in Hong Kong since 2012. They are so popular that the online ordering website at The Peninsula, Hong Kong limits the maximum number of boxes of mooncakes you can order. Geez!
I have not been to Hong Kong during any of their mid-autumn seasons and have not tried the real baked custard mooncakes from The Peninsula, Hong Kong. Ironically, this is our story on how we discover these surprising light, delicate and super yummy mooncakes...
"Believe me! These mooncakes are very nice. Must buy one and try..."
As part of our routine before my son starts schooling, my son and I used to go to our local Asian bakery named Breadtop to grab some snacks before heading to our local library at least once in every week. Every time when we were at the bakery, my son chatted a lot with the ladies staff at Breadtop (hee hee... my cheeky boy) and soon we became their familiar regular customers and also friends.
At last year (2013), Breadtop was following the trend of Hong Kong and made their first batch of mini baked custard mooncakes. The ladies at our local Breadtop were telling us that these mooncakes are really good and were persuading us to try. Seeing heaps of these mooncakes stacking at the counter, I was feeling skeptical at first and thought that these mooncakes are just ordinary mooncakes. Being stingy, I bought only one to try. You know what? I was totally wrong...
When we arrived home, 90% of the only one mini custard mooncake that I bought was all ferociously consumed by my son. Before it was gone, I had to beg him to allow me to taste a tiny micro slice and this little bit of information is all I know about this mooncake.
The next day, we went back to the shop and were shocked to see that the heaps of the mooncakes at the counter were all gone! Then, it was drama afterwards... My son was crying out loudly in the shop and the embarrassed me was calming him down. The ladies in the shop offered my son other options. Reluctantly, my son chose the chocolate snow skin mooncakes but he didn't like it at all. At this moment, I see how much my son loves eating the custard mooncakes and I felt so sorry that I had bought only one for him.
You know what? All of these custard mooncakes at other Breadtop shops were all sold out too and we were told to wait until next year...
For this whole year, I have been looking for a recipe that can baked similar custard mooncakes. When I Google for "Egg Custard Mooncake recipe", the only recipe that I can find is at Everyday Leisure but didn't use this recipe to bake these because...
1) I didn't like the addition of Parmesan cheese in my custard filling. Pardon me but it sounds very unconventional to me.
2) I was afraid that the all-butter plus egg yolk pastry might be too delicate to handle as the recipe mentions that the shaped mooncakes have to be chilled to firm before baking.
Then, I found a more stable buttery custard pastry from Happy Flour which doesn't require chilling before baking. Based on the custard filling recipe at Everyday Leisure, I have also modify a custard filling recipe from the book, Moonlit Mid-Autumn Festival by Choong Su Yin accordingly.
You know what? I did it! This combination of both custard filling and custard pastry has worked well for me. These mini baked custard mooncakes are making my son extremely happy... Every time he eats one of these mooncakes, I can see an extended smile on his face. And, repeatedly...

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Our Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Mixing the custard filling

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

... and steaming it.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Although it looks a little rough at first, it becomes smoother after resting in the fridge.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

This pastry requires the use of butter and a small amount of shortening.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Mixing the custard pastry

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This pliable dough is easy to handle.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Both had been well-rested in the fridge.

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These are the mooncake moulds that I used.

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Enclose filling into the pastry

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Press them into the mold to shape.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Knock knock knock... Knocking the mold on the tabletop will release these mooncakes off in good shapes.

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Apply a THIN layer of egg wash.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Some mooncakes especially the square ones crack a little but can shrink back looking good again after cooling. I have noticed that the square mooncakes don't look as good as the round ones and I wonder why???

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

Unlike typical mooncakes, these are so light. Like most mooncakes, these are so delicious!

Are these custard mooncakes as good as the ones from The Peninsula, Hong Kong? I'm sorry that I can't comment further on that because I have not tried the ones from The Peninsula, Hong Kong.
Are these custard mooncakes as good as the ones from Breadtop? Good enough but Breadtop ones has slightly sweeter custard filling with slightly tender pastry. If you are expecting these mooncakes is overly sweet like most traditional baked mooncakes, these wouldn't be the kind that you are expecting because these light custard filling doesn't have the rich and sweet taste at all. Overall, I reckon the sweetness for ours is just right for us but if you have a sweeter tooth than me, you might wish to add a little more sugar in yours.
I have noticed that the pastry of these mooncakes becomes less flaky and more tender on the subsequent days after baking. I reckon that the flavours and textures of both pastry and filling tends to develop after resting enough in room temperature and become very moist and delicate.This is the recipe that I used to make these mooncakes.
Smooth and Milky Custard Filling
largely modified from the book, Moonlit Mid-Autumn Festival by Choong Su YinMakes about 300g

25gbutter, soften60g caster sugar (more if you like your filling to be sweeter but this is ok for us)3 egg yolks (from 3 large eggs, each 80g), roughly beaten1 tbspcondensed milk40ml cream (containing 35% fat)1/4 cup, 60ml regular coconut milk (I used Ayam brand, light with 13.4% fat)20g all purpose flour15gcustard powder10gtapioca flour

In a small bowl, combine flour, custard powder and tapioca flour.

Using a wooden spoon, beat butter and sugar until light and combined. While beating, add egg yolks one at a time and beat until combined. Beat in condensed milk, cream and coconut milk. Sift flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture and mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a heat resistance container and steam over medium heat for 25 mins with stirring in every 5 mins. Set aside for mixture to cool.

Knead mixture until smooth. Wrap custard in cling wrap and chill it in refrigerator until required. Mixture can be kept in the fridge up to a week before baking.

Buttery Mooncake Pastry
mostly adapted from Happy Flour

Makes about 24 mini mooncakes

100g butter, softened at room temperature
30g shortening, preferably Crisco
90g icing sugar
1 small egg, 60g, roughly beaten
220g all purpose flour
35g custard powder
1/4 tsp baking powder

Egg wash:

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk

Using an electric mixer, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. While beating, add beaten egg gradually and beat until well combined.

Sift flour, custard powder and baking powder into the butter mixture and mix until incorporated.Using your hand, mix mixture together and combine them to form a dough.

Wrap dough with cling wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hr.

Shaping the Mooncakes

As every mooncake mold is different, you have test the amount of dough and filling required to fill in each mold. To test, fill the mold with the maximum amount of pastry that you can fill and weigh the piece of dough. Mine is 35g. For mooncakes with thinner pastry, 40% of each mooncake can be pastry and 60% can be filling but the shaping mooncake with thin pastry can be challenging and so I have 40% of my mooncake to be filling and 60% to be pastry. Can't decide? You can do 50% 50% too... It's up to you.

Divide the custard filling into 15g each and pastry dough into 20g each. Shape each into balls. Set aside.

Using a lightly floured hand, flatten a portion of pastry dough into a flat and round circle. Place a custard ball in the middle of the flatten dough. Enclose the custard filling inside the pastry and roll them into smooth balls.

Place each ball into a lightly floured mooncake mold and press it gently until all the edges of the mold are well-filled with the pastry. To release the mooncake from the mould, keep knocking the mold on tabletop at the sides of the mold to loosen the mooncakes from the mold and allow the mooncake to release off onto the lightly floured surface.
Preheat the oven to 175°C or 160°C fan forced. Line two baking tray with baking paper. Place the shaped mooncakes on the prepared tray. Brush with a thin layer of egg wash and bake for 25 mins. Allow the mooncakes to cool slightly on the tray for 10 mins and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.Allow the mooncakes to rest in room temperature before serving. The mooncakes can cookie-like when they are freshly baked and will develop into moist and tender pastry after subsequent days.

I have noticed that square mooncakes tends to crack slightly during baking but can shrink back looking good again after cooling. To minimize cracking, you can either 1) choose either not to add baking powder in the pastry but you will get a flat pastry with no flaky texture or 2) chill the shaped mooncake before baking as it helps to retain the shape better.Happy Baking

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favorite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe at this post.

Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

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This post is also linked to the event, Best Recipes for Everyone August 2014 Event Theme: Mooncake hosted by Fion XuanHom's Mom.
Mini Baked Custard Mooncakes

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