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These sweet treats are called 'Snow Skin' mooncakes, and are a Chinese delicacy gifted in fancy boxes to all and sundry as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Legend has it that it all began with a woman imprisoned on the moon, separated from her lover... and other contemporary stories talk of how conspiratorial notes were exchanged hidden in traditional moon cakes for some revolution or other... But these days the traditional (baked crust) moon cakes share the same dry door-stop reputation as the dry fruit-cakes that make their re-gifting rounds in the west.

This contemporary no-bake version replaces the hard baked crust with a soft fondant-ish rice-flour skin, delicate and translucent. The filling is usually a sweet lotus paste or red bean paste, but restaurants now sell these with an infinite variety of exotic and increasingly decadent flavours: chocolate cream, champagne truffle, yuzu (orange) cream - you name it.

How easy is easy? If you can roll Play-doh into a ball and stuff it in a plastic mould, you can make this. We did this at a company social recently, and even the most hesitant participants ended up having a whale of a time.

This is more of a how-to guide than a fixed recipe - fill the snow skin with whatever favourite fillings you like, and mould it with whatever you have on hand, to make your own custom version!

Step 1: Gift Boxes

Gifting is as much part of the fun as eating. I also designed some simple gift boxes to be cut out of A3 (11x17") cardstock. I used my desktop (4W) laser cutter to cut and score them, but you could use my templates and cut them by hand easily. That instructable can be found here

<p>Wow, great Instructable! You are a really good author!</p>
<p>Cheers!</p>
<p>Very well written. I voted for you. While I probably wouldn't eat it, (Allergies to eggs.) There are a lot of other options for filling. Looks simple to make and very elegant. Very different!</p>
<p>Thanks for the vote!</p>
Raw eggs?! Sounds dodgy.
<p><em>&quot;6 salted duck egg yolks, <strong>steamed</strong>&quot;</em></p><p>Don't worry, the duck egg yolks come salt cured, and then they're steamed until cooked. A delicious savoury counterpoint to all the sugar in the moon cake!</p>
<p>I am amazed by your DIY mould, it is &quot;謝&quot;, it a last name in Chines, and it also means &quot;Thank You&quot;, and the script is dedicate too. it is extraordinary and elegant. I wonder if you can post the matcha lotus paste? I love to try it out.</p>
<p>Hello, yup that's my family name in Chinese, and I had to google image search to find a reference image for the ancient calligraphic script version of the word. Then I traced it out in my laser-cutter's vector software.</p><p>I must admit my focus was more on the design and the activity of moulding mooncakes with some friends than the actual cooking. I just bought ready-made white lotus paste and green-tea flavoured lotus paste from a specialty store, and kneaded in the nuts myself.</p><p>Nope I don't have a blog, so I just post stuff here to share. Welcome to Instructables!</p>
<p>What a time-appropriate post! Great instructable! Voted for you!</p>
<p>Thank you! I'm more of a maker than a foodie, but this was so easy I had to do a write-up.</p><p>Wow your collection of food instructables are a real treasure trove.</p>
<p>It is me again, I would like to know if you have a website or blog where you post regularly?</p>
<p>Love it!</p>
Thank you for making this instructable, it looks like a lot of fun! I learned a great deal about how moon cakes are made from it.
<p>You're welcome! If you do try it out do post some pictures :)</p>
<p>Ooh, those look delicious and I love the box.</p>
<p>Thanks! I made an instructable for the box too: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-cut-Cardboard-Gift-Box-With-Template/ and I will be uploading the design files for the box too.</p>
<p>Love this!</p>

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