Recipe for chinese moon cakes in our easy ethnic recipes collection. These special pastries are more than just tasty treats, they also have a heroic history. According to popular legend, secret messages hidden in moon cakes helped chinese revolutionaries overthrow their mongolian rulers in the 1300s.
(*) Sweet red bean paste is sold in cans at most specialty grocery stores, but you can also make your own. Soak 1 cup of dried red beans (preferably the Tiensin variety, but adzuki will also work) in water for at least 3 hours. Drain and place in a saucepan with just enough water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil, drain, and rinse under cold water. Boil and drain again, then add fresh water and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to an hour, or until beans are very soft. Gradually stir in 1 cup sugar and a pinch of salt and remove from heat. Mash mixture in a food processor or with a potato masher until the biggest lumps are gone and leave to cool.
Preparation time: 45 to 60 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes about 20 cakes