It’s mooncake festival soon!
Mooncakes are usually eaten during this season (中秋節), where they are typically baked round pastries with sweet bean filling and may contain salted egg yolks. This savoury-sweet combination has won the hearts of many Chinese worldwide!
Today, mooncakes have evolved to include baked mooncakes, as well as snowskin mooncakes. The snowskin mooncakes are non-baked, usually made using fried glutinous rice flour, icing sugar and shortening.
A few weeks back, I happened to see a play dough mooncake activity, which my friend at Play 乐学 did with her toddler.
I thought of trying it out, since I have the mooncake molds. However I was lazy (hahaha) to do the DIY play dough, and since I have extra premix flour, I just made the real snowskin for this activity.
You can always let your toddler knead the snowskin from scratch. I made the snowskin for her, so that it is easier and less messy. However I did let her try kneading the dough a little, when it was almost done. Then we started off by letting her roll the dough into balls.
Great way to use up premix snowskin flour or kou fen (fried glutinous rice flour) for this toddler activity.
- Mooncake snowskin
- Liquid food coloring or food gel coloring
- Mooncake mold
- Extra kou fen or premix flour for dusting (in case dough gets sticky)
- Baking paper or non-stick surface for rolling and pressing of mold
Prepare your snowskin according to package or recipe. It would be easier for you to add food coloring to the liquid first. If you knead the color into the dough afterwards, it can be difficult to get a nicely knead colored dough.
Let your toddler roll the snowskin into balls first. Dust the snowskin dough or snowskin mold with some flour before pressing out the design.
You can keep the snowskin dough, cling wrapped properly, in the refrigerator for about 1 week. Discard when the dough is hard.