Saturday 9th February 2008

by rkhooks

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“Won’t you be my valentine?” A question which will be on many people’s tongues this 14th. Not mine though. I tend to be a bit more cynical and find the whole thing way too commercial. But then I guess if you’re unluckily attached to someone who needs that kind of reminder, than once a year is better than none a year.
I may be cynical in regards to valentines but I do have a small weakness for anything in a heart shape, though. For some reason I often end up making a cake, biscuits or other foods in heart shapes.
I’ve been wanting to make mooncakes ever since I saw this. Mooncakes are a chinese p

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16 Responses to “Say it with…valentine mooncakes”

  1. claire says:

    Good post very interesting! please keep up the good work!

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  4. Liska says:

    Rachel, I hope one day I will motivate myself to write also in English ;-)

  5. Cheryl says:

    These are so adorable. I have never tried mooncakes before.

  6. rkhooks says:

    Zorra – No problems. It was great fun participating and the entries are amazing.

    Steamy kitchen, Tina & Kevin – Thanks so much for popping by and leaving a comment. Let me know if you try and make them. Love to hear how it goes.

    Liska – Thanks so much for the comment. It was really means a lot. Your blog is beautiful too (only wish I could understand it, will have to do a google translate ;-) )

  7. Liska says:

    Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring!

  8. Kevin says:

    Those look good! Nice heart shapes.

  9. Tina says:

    Wow! Those are soo freaking cool. I may have to attempt Mooncakes. They look so very awesome!! Great job and adorable on top of that!

  10. Sandra says:

    About the cake molds, my guess is that you should be able to find them at a good price in Paris in ‘Chinatown’ (Paris 13e)! I also found these online (in the U.S. though):
    http://www.adoptshoppe.com/browseproducts/Chinese-Wooden-Moon-Cake-Molds.html

    These look really yummy, thanks for the recipe.
    I live in France so write me if you need more cake help :o )

  11. zorra says:

    Your right with the commercial thing, so I think is’t much nicer to prepare something homemade. And your Mooncakes looks awesome! Thank you for your participation.

  12. rkhooks says:

    Amanda – Totally feeling your love for making heart goodies for loved ones. I think it’s much nicer to give to people when they’re not expecting it. If you want a more traditional filling try red bean paste or check out this list of recipes.

    Rasa Malaysia – Thanks, the problem with shortbread is that it has a high fat content which tends to distort the biscuit when it’s baked. Unlike mooncakes which tend to hold the form well.

  13. Yes yes yes, so pretty. LOL. I made some heart-shaped shortbread cookies in Dec…I just love the shape. Your shape holds up pretty well, mine sorta went out of shape in the oven…well, some of them. ;)

  14. amanda says:

    I am sucker for anything red, pink, and heart shaped. And yet I hate Valentines Day :) But it doesn’t stop me from playing up to the holiday’s treats like chocolate, champagne, pink flowers, or heart shaped goodies. Your mooncakes look so cute. I am trying to play around more with chinese cuisine to appease my mom, especially with Chinese New Year upon us.

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