The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) also called the Mooncake Festival is the second most important festival in China after the Lunar New Year. This festival is widely celebrated in other parts of Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and among Chinese communities around the world. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of the harvesting of rice and crops. It is also the time of the year when families and loved ones gather together in a reunion dinner, admiring the full moon, kids making and playing around with colourful paper lanterns, eating delicious mooncakes and sipping tea. Riddles are also shared and played among the scholars back in the ancient times for a bit of fun. I’ve made the snow skin mooncake with taro and purple sweeet potato and mango coconut jelly mooncake earlier, so this is my rendition of another healthier version of jelly mooncake using Osmanthus and goji berries.
Mooncake is a typical snack made and eaten during this festive and comes in many different forms, shapes and flavours. Mooncakes are also presented to relatives, family members, friends and business clients and partners as a form of appreciation and best wishes. The earlier versions of mooncakes are baked are typically baked and contains higher amount of sugar and calories. This jelly mooncake recipe is ideal for people who is trying to omit all the unhealthy components in their diet. Using only five ingredients – agar agar powder, water, honey rock sugar (can be substituted with Monk fruit golden sweetener making it even healthier since it’s sugar-free), goji berries and Osmanthus tea leaves. The mooncake mould I used is a 2-inch diameter x 1-inch height mould which are readily available in most baking ingredient shops in Asia.
Goji berries 枸杞 is native to Asia, and people have been using this maroon colored fruit for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and food supplement. It’s believed to protect the eyes, the immune system, against cancer and etc. While the Osmanthus flower is one of the most exquisite flowers used for making tea. It has a very unique peachy floral aroma and a slight sweet flavour, even without adding sugar. This caffeine-free floral tea has an intense yellow golden colour which gives the jelly mooncake its golden yellowish tint when used together with the goji berries and honey rock sugar. The tea is also believed to boost immune systems, aid in digestive issues, reduce inflammation, among many other health benefits.
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Osmanthus Goji Jelly Mooncake 桂花枸杞菜燕中秋月饼
- 1 tbsp goji berries
- 1 tbsp Osmanthus tea leaves
- 1 litre water
- 10 g agar agar powder
- 100-150 g honey rock sugar season to taste, can be replaced with Monk fruit golden sweetener
- Wash and soak 1 tbsp goji berries in room temperature water until softened (about 20-30 minutes). Drain off the water and set aside. Note: you can keep the water for drinking later.1 tbsp goji berries
- Boil 1 litre water over medium high heat. Add 10g of agar agar powder gradually while stirring to make sure there’s no lumps forming.1 litre water, 10 g agar agar powder
- Add 100g honey rock sugar, season to taste. Let it simmer until the rock sugar melts.100-150 g honey rock sugar
- Stir in 1 tbsp Osmanthus tea leaves while the liquid is simmering.1 tbsp Osmanthus tea leaves
- Then stir in 1 tbsp goji berries and let it simmer for about 30 seconds.1 tbsp goji berries
- Turn off heat. Immediately pour the agar agar mixture into the mooncake mould and let it cool down and set.
- Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours. Serve cold and enjoy.