Mooncake : Cendol Jelly Mooncake
Recipe source : Flavours Magazine
I know it is early yet to be making mooncakes, but then these are actually jellies set beautifully into moulds of various shapes and sizes to create a "mooncake" effect. I really admire the original creator of this recipe for being so talented and creative to put this mooncake together complete with "egg yolks", "filling" and the thin outer layer masquerading as the pastry skin. I find it amazing ! I am very happy that the jellies turned out into such pretty mooncakes, I felt guilty cutting into them!
My family enjoys eating them as a dessert. It is so refreshing, especially when it is chilled. Co-incidentally, SK and I love to eat cendol. So it is sort of a double bonus to us!
For jelly egg yolk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp agar-agar powder
2 knotted pandan (screw-pine) leaves
1/3 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 tbsp custard powder
1/8 tsp orange-red colouring
Equipment : Ball ice-cube tray
1. Bring the first four items to the boil.
2. Lower heat and then add the next 3 items. Stir with a hand whisk and continue to cook until it thickens.
3. Once the mixture starts to bubble, turn off the heat and pour it into an ice-cube tray.
4. Fill jelly mixture to the brim of the lower tray and cover with the upper tray; expect the mixture to overflow.
5. Let it set and refrigerate for a further 30 minutes before removing the jelly egg yolks.
Ball ice-cube tray
The jelly egg yolks
For Cendol Filling
100g palm sugar
1/2 cup water
2 pandan (screw-pine) leaves, knotted
1 cup thick coconut milk
2 tsp agar-agar powder
1 tbsp custard powder
1/8 tsp salt
1. Bring the first 3 items to the boil and strain the mixture into a clean pot.
2. Add the next 3 items and bring to a quick boil.
3. Once mixture starts to boil, add cendol and salt. Stir to mix well.
4. Pour the mixture into a muffin pan.
5. Place a piece of jelly egg yolk into the centre of each filling immediately, while still hot.
6. Allow the filling to set.
Green jelly skin
3 1/2 cups water
4 pandan (screw-pine) leaves, knotted
5 tsp agar-agar powder
2 tbsp condensed milk
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 tsp pandan (screw-pine) juice ( or use green colouring )
1. In a pot, bring the first 4 items to the boil. Then add the next three items. Stir to blend well.
2. Pour 1/2 cm layer of this mixture into each mould.
3. Allow to cool until almost set i.e. 3/4 set, then place a piece of cendol filling in the centre of the mould.
4. Top up with jelly skin mixture and let it set completely before chilling in the refrigerator.
Step-by-step pictures :
Fill the mould with 1/2 cm of jelly mixture and leave to cool until almost set
Then add cendol filling onto the green jelly mixture which has partially set
Fill up the mould with the green jelly mixture