Project Ferrero Rocher Mooncake: Balls of Fire

Project Ferrero Rocher Mooncake was initiated to commemorate the Mid Autumn Festival tonight. I haven’t been cooking in a long time and I took advantage of the season to create a dubious sixthseal.com style culinary delight. ;)

stuff

Ferrero Rocher chocolates
Top Gun Exclusive Wine
Dooley’s Original Toffee and Vodka liqueur
Ocean Spray cranberry juice
Golden Circle baby carrots
RugenFisch Mackerel Fillets in tomato sauce
Ideal milk (evaporated milk)
Pudding mooncake premix and molds

You don’t actually need the Ocean Spray cranberry juice, I got that for a friend for her UTI problems. ;)

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The first step is to pour out several shots of the Dooley’s Original Toffee and Vodka liqueur (RM 120 at respectable bottle shops) for consumption. You will need it for the tedious task ahead. ;)

water

Next, measure out 300 ml of water for the pudding mixture. The recipe calls for 700 ml but I decided that the remainder should consist of Dooley’s Original Toffee and Vodka for more oomph, so don’t drink too much of that first, start with the wine.

top up

Top up the measuring cup to 700 ml with Dooley’s Original Toffee and Vodka. This will use up more than half of the bottle but fret not – it’s worth it.

clear

Dump the pudding mooncake mixture into a saucepan and put the H2O with ethanol beside it. This is to avoid mistakes during excessive consumption of the latter liquid.

first pour

Put the saucepan with the powder in it on low heat on a regular stove and pour the liquid in slowly.

stir

Stir the mixture slowly while keeping it on low heat for about 10 minutes. It is important not to let it burn or “bruise” the mixture by stirring too hard. I’m not sure about the latter statement, the person in charge told me that.

pour

Pour the liquid into the small mold after 10 minutes and let it set for about 15 minutes at room temperature before chucking it into the fridge for an additional 10 minutes.

small done

You’ll know it’s ready if it doesn’t fall out of the mold when you turn it upside down.

massage

There is a technique to extract the small mooncake without damaging the integrity and aesthetic design which involves massaging the sides, but I never picked up that skill.

small mooncake look

The small mooncake with Dooley’s Original Toffee and Vodka (which is meant to emulate the “egg yolk” in traditional mooncakes) should look like this when it’s done.

ideal

The next step involves making the larger mooncake, which uses a different premix that requires Ideal milk (evaporated milk).

pour into

250 ml of Ideal milk is added to 400 ml of water and poured into the powdered premix.

half capacity

The usual 10 minutes of stirring on low heat is applied before the mixture is scooped into the larger mooncake mold. It is essential to only scoop the liquid to half the mold capacity, as it has to hold the smaller mooncake as the “yolk”.

yolk

The smaller Dooley’s Original Toffee and Vodka mooncakes is to be placed into the larger mooncake mold upside down (design facing down).

ferrero rocher

I took the liberty of adding a Ferrero Rocher chocolate as the “yolk” of one of the mooncakes to make my own variation.

add fr

The Ferrero Rocher chocolate is surprisingly resilient…it doesn’t even melt in the boiling hot temperature of the liquid pudding.

unmelt

It’s much better than M&Ms – melts in your mouth, not on the stove. It’s amazing!

set in fridge

The larger mooncake mold is then filled to the brim and left to set in the fridge for a full 30 minutes.

ferrero rocher mooncake dish

Once that’s done, extract the Ferrero Rocher mooncake from its mold and place it on a plate. Garnish with baby carrots and the mackerel fillets in tomato sauce.

ferrero rocher mooncake

This is the “balls of fire” bit to the recipe – mixing in salty and spicy elements to the dish…and the alcohol (Dooley’s Toffee and Vodka) of course. Serve with wine for a complete meal.

bon appetit

Bon Appetit!

Happy Mid Autumn Festival everyone! :)

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31 thoughts on “Project Ferrero Rocher Mooncake: Balls of Fire”

  1. Looks good. I wouldn’t put fish and carrots to it but just use it as a desert or something like that. Did you taste the vodka out tho? I tend to not taste any alcohol even if I use huge amounts for cooking. Oh yeah … and I guess I already have beaten the Rocher world record without even knowing it lol

  2. Whoa man those mooncakes rock. But ahhhh not that kind of fillings please! IT way FUNKKY for anyone taste. You ruin a good Ferrero Rocher now that tragic how could you ? But in the States people are in to chocolates with hot pepper or pepper flakes in it. It something Mexican have in their chocolate too. Not Bad.

  3. You seem to have a ‘Mad Scientist’ approach to your culinary endeavors, sir. This meal appears to be a rare instance of ‘The whole being LESS than the sum of it’s parts’. ;)

  4. Hey HB, who is the chick helping you in the kitchen and with the photo taking? You seem like a guy who is good at anything he you put your mind to… mooncakes… lol…who would have thought??? Cheers man.

  5. Too bad can’t get those ingredients for jelly mooncake or molds too. In Hawaii there no way that have it. I like it so easy to make Jelly Mooncakes and your turn out so nice looking. I would if could make it out of mango or other favors. You look like a researcher measuring the ingredients. Does that store do mail order?

  6. clement: Yeah, I tried for the world record coz I got a box for the mooncakes and there were a lot of leftover Ferrero Rocher chocolates. :)
    YingYang: My mooncakes are always alcoholic. ;)
    MI!: I like quirky combinations. I have a lot of cooking posts that I’m in the process of putting up. I just put another one up last night for the HDS project under the Cooking category.
    Yeah, I’ve had the vodka and toffee liquer before. Dooley’s is nice but drinking a lot of it gives you a sugar overdose. It’s too sweet and you can’t taste the vodka in it, although it’s 17%.
    annant: Happy mooncake festival, my friend. :)
    Choonie: It tastes good though, especially with the Dooley’s toffee vodka mixture. It’s nice, I’ll make some for you if you come over. :)
    ai-ling: Yeah, my trademark. ;) I like strange and weird combos.
    KY: Haha! Well, it’s nowhere close to your efforts. Mine is more like playing in the kitchen. I enjoy doing it though.
    willchua: I didn’t. I was fine. :)
    butterscotch: …but like smelly tofu, tastes great. :)
    Michale: I didn’t ruin it. It was perfectly intact, which surprised me. It’s very resilient, it didn’t melt in the 100 degrees celcius pudding mixture straight from the saucepan.
    Hmm…I’ve heard of that before too, but never tried it. I’ll love to. Chocolates with pepper flakes. Sounds like a winner. :)
    Katkat: Yeah, me too, but it’ll take too long to bake a mooncake. I work Saturdays so it’s a half day for me. There’s probably no alcohol after heating but the Ferrero Rocher was perfectly intact, as can be seen in the last photo.
    e: The owner of the house has a lot of kids. A lot. :)
    owllow: I really ate it. The entire plate. It was delicious. I even ate all of the baby carrots. :)
    Wuching: Sure, the next cooking project then. It’ll be fun. :)
    EZN: Heh! I was perfectly fine though. It makes sense, you eat salty dishes and then sweet dishes (dessert) during a meal and this just combines it all together.
    whey: Thanks! :)
    goolooloo: Belum try, belum tahu. Lepas try, hari hari mahu. ;)
    skittles: Thanks! I love that title. Mad Scientist. :)
    I have a lot of cooking posts from my archives that I’m putting up every day. It’s all in the Cooking category which will get larger as HDS (a project to integrate my 2002-2006 posts into the database) is completed.
    essentric: Malibu pinappapple mooncake sounds great. I am quite adverse to Malibu and Bacardi though coz I threw up too many times on those when I was 16. I can still drink it, but it’s not my liquor of choice. :)
    xin: Thanks xin! :)
    I appreciate the kind comments. Cheers!
    The Bull: Hmm…I can’t reveal that on the (very public) blog, but email me and I’ll tell you. :)
    I like cooking, I’ve been doing cooking posts for a long time, it’s just that I don’t have time for it and only do it when I’m free. Thanks for the kind comments mate. Cheers! :)
    Shelly: I think the premix is made of standard ingredients so you could probably google for the recipe. The molds are plastic and would be hard to find in Hawaii. You can check out Asian grocery shops during Mid Autumn Festival though.
    The store doesn’t do mail order, and I can help you procure it and mail it to you, but it’s powder and looks very suspicious and I don’t exactly have a great reputation due to being an ex drug user. I’ll be skinned alive by customs. :)

  7. Hijackqueen: It looks like the egg yolk in a mooncake, so I thought it would be fun to make a mooncake with a Ferrero Rocher chocolate as the yolk. :)
    bongkersz: The sixthseal.com touch. ;)

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