Teacher Sophy guided the kids in making mooncakes. These mini mooncakes have of a soft pastry skin around a sweet, dense mango filling. The decorative rabbit imprint on top is a common symbol of the moon. Some also are imprinted with the Chinese characters for "longevity" or "harmony".
About Moon Cakes*
A mooncake is a Chinese pastry traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节). The festival is for lunar appreciation and moon watching. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.
Typical mooncakes are round pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 3–4 cm thick, and are commonly eaten in the Southern and Northern Chinese regions. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by tea.