Teochew Red Bean Spiral Thousand Layer Mooncake- Pastry-style mooncakes are filled with sweetened red bean paste and made with coconut oil instead of lard and colored with natural juice from blue pea flowers. Ultra flaky crust you will absolutely love!
Mooncake festival is next monday and I’m a little late with posting this Teochew style red bean paste thousand layer mooncake. But, better late than never they say! I actually made these out of a whim! I had all the ingredients on hand and decided to spend the time I didn’t really have to make these! LOL! BUT, the family loves them so I guess that’s worth it!
TRADITIONAL TEOCHEW MOONCAKE
I grew up with traditional Teochew mooncake. Basically, it’s a pastry-style mooncake made with lard for the outer flaky crust and inside the pastry is sweetened lotus filling. There are also version with savory filling. The mooncake is usually “stamped” with red stamp on top of the cake (the Chinese likes red remember? LOL). Unlike these thousand layer mooncake that shape like a ball, traditional Teochew mooncake is shaped like a disc.
TEOCHEW SPIRAL THOUSAND LAYER MOONCAKE
The spiral thousand layer mooncake is not something I’ve known as a kid, but sure has gained popularity in the past decade probably! Nobody really knows for sure how it came about but the inspiration is definitely from the traditional disc-shaped Teochew mooncake. It reminds me of the spiral curry puff that is very popular in Singapore.
Most people like to fill this spiral thousand layer mooncake with sweetened yam paste. I don’t feel like making any filling from scratch (I shouldn’t even be spending time making these mooncakes to begin with LOL!). I still have ready-made sweetened red bean paste and that’s what I use. They still turn out very delicious. The kids love them.
As I’m trying to minimize the use of artificial coloring, I use dried blue pea flower juice to color the mooncake.
HOW TO EXTRACT BLUE PEA FLOWER JUICE:
1. Start with warm water (in this case 80 gr of warm water)
2. Add 1/4 cup of dried blue pea flower (add more if you want a more intense color)
3. Let them steep for at least 15 minutes
4. Squeeze out any extra liquid from the flower, discard them and you have yourself some blue pea flower juice
HOW TO STORE TEOCHEW THOUSAND LAYER MOONCAKES
Let them cool down completely before transferring them to container. They can be kept at room temperature, if it’s not humid, for about 3-4 days. Anything longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks in an air-tight container. You can freeze them in freezer by wrapping them in plastic wrap and then place in freezer-friendly bags and let them thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
HOW TO REHEAT TEOCHEW THOUSAND LAYER MOONCAKES
They tend to lose that flakiness after refrigeration, but you can “recrisp” them with:
1. Air fryer
Set the temperature to 350 F and reheat for about 5 minutes and they are as good as new
Set the temperature to 350 F and bake for about 5 – 8 minutes
Recipe is adapted from Bake For Happy Kids’. The mooncakes do not taste so heavy (a.k.a sinful) but love that it’s still flaky and the family still enjoyed them.
For baking/ kueh making: I highly encourage to weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.GRAMS TO CUPS CONVERSION (UNSIFTED)
Water dough (Blue layer):
- 600 gr red bean paste filling - less amount if you use salted egg yolks in the filling
- 12 salted egg yolks - optional, I didn't use in this recipe
Prepare blue pea flower juice
- Add the blue pea flower and vinegar to 80 gr of warm water. Let them sit for 15 minutes. Use the back of the spoon to lightly mash the flower. Squeeze out any liquid from the flowers and you have the blue color liquid now
Prepare the filling (without salted yolk):
- I use a store-bought red bean paste and roll the paste into about 50 gr balls. Set aside
Prepare the filling (with salted yolk):
- If you plan to use egg yolk, you need a smaller ball, about 30-35 gr. Roll into balls. Flatten with your palm to about 4-inch circle. Place one salted egg yolk in the middle and wrap the bean paste around it. Continue with the rest
Prepare the water dough:
- Add sugar to the warm blue liquid. In a large mixing bowl, rub the coconut oil into the flour. It will feel crumbly. Gradually add the blue liquid and continue to mix and knead until you form a non-sticky dough. Cover and let it rest for 15 minutes
Prepare the oil dough:
- Rub the coconut oil into the flour until it forms a smooth dough. Cover and let the dough rest for 15 minutes
- Divide the water dough and oil dough each into 6 equal portions
- Keeping the rest covered, take one oil dough and one water dough. Flatten the water dough and place one oil dough in the middle
- Wrap the water dough around the oil dough. So the oil dough is nested inside the water dough now. Repeat with the rest of the doughs
- Use a rolling pin to roll this dough into a flat oval shape
- Roll it up tightly starting from the bottom like a Swiss roll
- Turn the dough vertical and roll it out again
- Now you have a long flat strip of dough. Roll it as thin as you can as it will give you more spiral in the finished products later
- Roll it up tightly again starting from the bottom into a Swiss roll
- Cut this into half
- Here is how the cut-side looks like (all those beautiful spirals are right here after baking!)
- Work with one at a time, flip the cut side down and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a circle, about 7-inch in width
- Place the filling in the middle
- Gather the sides to wrap the filling. Pinch to seal at the bottom. When you flip it over, this is how it looks like. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Repeat with the rest of the doughs. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while you are halfway through working with the dough
- Place the baking sheet, 3rd rack from the top into the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack to let them cool down completely