To Prep Jelly
- Combine agar-agar powder, sugar, salt and water in a saucepan. Add the knotted pandan leaf and bring contents to boil until sugar dissolves. Then add milk and orangey-red food colouring, and stir well to mix.
- Pour into small, round ice-cube moulds and gently knock out the ‘yolks’ when set.
To Make Lotus Paste Filling
- Blend cooked lotus seeds and coconut cream in food processor and blend until finely pureed. Strain to remove excess liquid, then add agar-agar powder, salt and water.
- In a heavy-based saucepan, cook sugar over a medium-low flame until sugar has caramelised. Be careful not to burn the sugar. When the sugar melts and turns slightly golden brown, remove the saucepan from the fire and pour in a small amount of lotus seeds paste mixture. Stir well to incorporate the caramel, and then pour in the rest of the lotus seeds paste. Keep stirring then add the pandan leaves. Cook until mixture comes to a simmer. Add in thickening and stir well.
- Pour mixture into patty tins (or muffin pan). Put one ‘salted egg yolk’ into the centre of each filling. Leave to set then unmould. Cut out neatly with a 5cm round cutter and set aside the fillings for use later.
To Prep Skin
- In a pot, add water, pandan leaves, sugar, agar-agar powder and salt. Cook over medium-low heat until it comes to a boil.
- Add coconut milk, whipping cream, and food colouring (any colour of your choice). Stir well, and continue to cook for 1 min or until sugar is dissolved, and mixture is fairly thick. Discard the pandan leaves and remove pot from heat.
- Spoon a tablespoon of agar-agar mixture into a wet plastic jelly mooncake mould. Set aside for 1 to 2 mins.
- Place a filling in the centre of the mould and add more agar-agar mixture to fill up the mould. Set aside to cool and then place in the refrigerator to chill and set completely.