Tuesday, January 10, 2006

CNY 101: Let the baking begins (again)... (Lotus Tarts)

It's back to the kitchen for mass cookies baking. CNY is just around the corner and I want to try a few new cookie recipes before "mass-producing" them for CNY. Time is scarce, life has been very busy and I barely have enough time to bake all I want. Moreover, I will be away next week (off to HK & Tokyo - yay!) and by the time I returned, it will be just a mere few days before CNY.
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Anyway, here's my first try. Instead of the usual Pineapple Tarts, I baked Lotus Tarts. Ahem, to be honest I was just too lazy to go through the tedious process of making pineapple jam. Fortunately, my family (being the first testers) gave their thumbs up! The clove stem that was used only for decorative purpose only lend a hint of spice to the cookies. Hmmm, something diferent...

Recipe: (small-batch: makes about 23-24 pcs)
94g SCS Butter, melted and cooled slightly
125g plain flour, sifted
1 egg yolk
Filling: Lotus paste (or pineapple jam)
Decoration: Clove stems
Glazing: Egg yolk (for the tarts) and egg white (for the cloves)
1. Combine first 3 ingredients together and softly knead into a pliable dough.
2. Divide into 10g portions.
3. Wrap 1/2 tsp of paste with the dough and roll into a ball.
4. Brush with egg yolk.
5. Dip the cloves into egg white and stick it into the tart.
6. Bake at preheated oven 165-170c for 15-18 mins or until golden brown (original recipe calls for 175c for 20-25 mins)


gina said...

viv, HK is super duper cold now. According to Jean Lee. She wrote to tell me she doesn't have a heater and using candles to keep warm. poor woman.

boo_licious said...

Enjoy your trip in HK and Japan - there will be lots of yummy food to eat. Interesting lotus tarts - uses up the leftover lotus paste from mooncakes.

Anonymous said...

where can we get the ready made lotus paste ? i am new in baking. thanks =D

myCoffee said...

Thanks for the advice, Gina. Tokyo would be even super duper cold. I hope I'll survive. Never liked very cold weather.

Thanks boo_licious. I hope I will although this is a business trip. Not my first trip to these places too but I am sure I would enjoy the trip. ;)

As for lotus paste, you can find them from any baking supplies shop. Widely available during mooncake season, but should still be available now. If not, you can substitute with mung bean paste, red bean paste, pineapple paste and even jams.

Anonymous said...


came across yr blog while viewing others, very impressed by your receipes.

Would like to know the receipe on green bean cookies for CNY

Do you have one to share?

Thanks a lot