• Prep Time 40 minutes
  • Cook Time 60 minutes
  • Serving For 8 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Description

THIS mooncake utilises healthy grains and nuts, making it a much healthier alternative to the mooncakes sold by stores. This recipe was first published in Flavours magazine.


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Recipe Ingredient

  • Sweet skin
  • 250 g golden syrup
  • 110 ml peanut oil
  • 1 tsp lye water
  • 430 g all purpose flour (sifted)
  • Mixed grains and nut filling
  • 80 g freekeh (cooked and toasted)
  • 60 g mixed quinoa (cooked tender)
  • 50 g amaranth (cooked tender)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50 ml peanut oil
  • 50 ml golden syrup
  • 30 - 50 g roasted glutinous rice flour
  • 130 g lotus paste
  • 65 g salted mung bean paste
  • 60 g walnuts (toasted and chopped roughly)
  • 30 g sunflower seeds (toasted)
  • 30 g pumpkin seeds (toasted)
  • 60 g candied lemon (cut into 1/2cm cubes)
  • 55 g crystalised ginger (chopped)
  • Egg wash
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp cooking oil
  • all purpose flour for dusting


    To make skin:
  1. Combine the golden syrup, oil and lye water. Cover with cling film and leave to stand for 1 hour. Sift in the flour and mix to form a soft, sticky dough. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 1 hour. If the dough is still sticky, add a little more flour. Divide the dough into 70g portions.
  2. To make filling:
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine salt, peanut oil and golden syrup. Slowly mix in the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Divide the mixture into 90g portions for a thin crust and 70 g portions for thicker crust.
  4. To make mooncake:
  5. Take a portion of dough and roll it out. Wrap it around a portion of filling. Pick out a few flowers and discard its stem, if any. Press the flowers onto the skin of the mooncake.
  6. Dust some flour into the mooncake mould and knock out the access flour. Press the filled dough into the mould. Knock out the mooncake and arrange it onto a greased tray. Place into an oven pre-heated at 180°C and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and brush the mooncakes with a thin layer of egg wash. Return it into the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool before storing. Best served after 3 days and eaten within 10 days.
  8. Note
  9. This recipe also calls for a mooncake mould to give the mooncakes their shape.

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2 thoughts on “Mixed Ancient Grains and Nut Mooncake”

  1. Victoria Kok - September 4, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Can you tell me the mould size for the above recipe? I like thick dough. so do I use the 90g dough. I have bought a 50g mould. Can I use your measurement. Please advice as I am new in this. Many thanks

    • Kuali Cares - September 7, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Victoria, the recipe was based on a 70g dough +70g filling for thicker crust and 70g dough + 90g filling for a thinner crust. This fits into a 140g mould. For a 50g mould, you may have to reduce the ratio (about 3 times less) of the dough to filling accordingly. Happy Baking!


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