UPDATED on OCT. 4: one bolded section below
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you all! If you don't know already, this Chinese celebration is liken to the Western Thanksgiving as its origins were tied to celebrating the end of the harvest season. One of the most important and symbolic customs during this time is the sharing of mooncakes between family and friends.
Mooncakes are small round cakes with a main body that consists primarily of lotus seed paste and usually accompanied by two to four preserved egg yolks. As you can see, the Chinese appreciated complex flavour pairings even before they became a popular gourmet trend it is today 🙂 After hearing an eloquent first-hand account of a Canadian friend's reaction to his experience with Moon Cake tasting as told with a scrunched up face, I believe this particular combination of both sweet and savoury may be somewhat of an acquired taste. Luckily nowadays, increasingly more pastry shops are creating East-West fusion versions of this traditional treat that everyone can enjoy. One version of these cakes which was made popular a few years ago was the Ice Cream Moon Cake. It was a delicious frozen apparition filled with ice cream wrapped with a thin mochi skin. Needless to say it was very popular with the younger generation as they were both tasty and beautiful.
After Ice Cream Moon Cakes, is there any way to bring these treats to a whole new level? Yes! Today, I bring you the Macaron Moon Cake! These are
Mooncakes filled with macaron-filling flavoured lotus seed paste and covered by a thin layer of mochi. Now, you know there is nothing macaron related that I won't be willing to test out for you! I decided to pre-order these well in advance from Soirette as they have a limited annual production run of only two weeks leading up to the day of the Moon Festival. As of this writing, there are no more digital traces of this beautiful treat on their website as it has all been deleted.
I hope you enjoy these photos and if you're interested, hopefully next year you will remember to pre-order a box too. The verdict and tasting notes are at the end.
Overall, I enjoyed two out of four of the cakes. The online reviews have been mixed and even one of my guests did not quite enjoy their flavours. Calling these Macaron Moon cakes are a great way to market these babies as it really gets your attention doesn't it? At one point, I thought they only had macaron "flavoured fillings" but they actually do have a mini macaron inside! (There is one truffle one that does not though)
Well, the packaging is top notch so it makes a wonderful Mid-Autumn gift for those in your life who do celebrate this event. Also, it's a lovely novelty during this time and why not try it at least once with a bunch of friends? After all, the cleverl packaging reminds us that, "The sharing of mooncakes signifies the completeness and unity of family and friends." Happy Mid-Autumn to you!