• Prep Time 40 minutes
  • Cook Time 30 minutes
  • Serving For 8 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Ingredient

  • Lotus paste:
  • 600g lotus seed
  • 1 tsp alkaline water
  • 600g sugar
  • 1 tbsp maltose
  • 400g groundnut oil
  • Syrup:
  • 600g sugar
  • 400g water
  • 3 slices lemon
  • Mooncake skin:
  • 600g flour
  • 600g syrup
  • 140g groundnut oil
  • 1 tsp alkaline water


  1. Cover lotus seeds with boiling water and add alkaline water.
  2. Cover container for 20 minutes.
  3. Rub the skin off the lotus seeds, then drain and wash them in clean water.
  4. Cover the seeds again with water and boil until soft.
  5. Blend seeds into a paste.
  6. In a non-stick wok or saucepan, heat up 200g oil and 300g sugar and cook until mixture turns into the colour of golden caramel.
  7. Pour in lotus paste and continue stirring.
  8. Add the remaining oil and sugar.
  9. Cook until the paste thickens and doesn´t stick to the sides of the wok or pan.
  10. Add maltose and stir for a while.
  11. To test if the paste is ready, scoop a little into your hand and flatten it. If it doesn´t feel sticky, the paste is ready.
  12. Dish out the paste and leave to cool.
  13. To make syrup:
  14. Put sugar, water and lemon slices into a saucepan.
  15. Boil over a slow fire until golden brown.
  16. Discard the lemon slices.
  17. Cool sufficiently before use.
  18. To make mooncake skin:
  19. Mix flour, syrup, oil and alkaline water and knead until elastic.
  20. Set aside for three hours.
  21. Divide the dough into 15 equal portions.
  22. The final step:
  23. Take a portion of the dough and roll into a thin circular piece.
  24. Take a 150g ball of lotus paste and wrap with the mooncake skin.
  25. Dust a mooncake mould with flour.
  26. Press the dough with filling into the mould.
  27. Tap lightly to demould.
  28. Grease baking tray and bake mooncakes in oven at 220°c for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  29. For a glossy sheen, bake the mooncakes for about 10 minutes, then brush them with egg wash and continue to bake until golden brown.
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2 thoughts on “Lotus Paste Mooncake”

  1. Lucy - August 17, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Hi! I was wondering if we use dried lotus seeds? Or do we MUST use fresh lotus seeds? Thanks!

  2. Brianne - April 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    good recipe!
    but it seems your website doesn’t get much attention


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