Five Nuts Mooncake with XO Sauce

by - September 13, 2018

After trying the Five Nuts Mooncake with XO Sauce from Hong Kong that was gifted by a friend,  it gave me the inspiration to try to make a Five Nuts Mooncake with XO Sauce.  To begin with,  I cooked a homemade XO Sauce from scratch so I could avoid store bought jars (though if you are lazy you may just use a store bought Sauce).  You may find the homemade XO sauce recipe here.  The Five Nuts Mooncake recipe I shared last year is quite nice but with the added XO sauce, it takes it to another level. There is a hint of spiciness along with an umami sweetness. This is a delicious almost savoury mooncake. 

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Five Nuts Mooncake with XO Sauce Recipe

Yields: 12 (150g - 160g ) mooncakes



450g low protein flour (pau flour/cake flour/all purpose flour)
280g homemade golden syrup (click here for recipe)
1 1/8 tsp Alkaline water
100g Peanut oil
Egg wash : egg yolk + 1 tbsp fresh milk, mix well and strain

  1. Mix sugar syrup, alkaline water and peanut oil together thoroughly
  2. Sift flour in a large bowl, make a well in the center and pour in the sugar syrup mixture. Using a rubber spatula to mix and form to a soft dough.
  3. Cover the dough using cling wrap then set it aside in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight before using.
  4. After one hour or the next day, remove the dough from fridge. Lightly dust some flour on table and knead dough again till smooth. Measure dough to about 60g and roll it into a ball. Make 12 balls and use the balance for mooncake biscuits.
Note:  You may reduce the skin dough to 50g each portion if you prefer thinner skin.



Dried Ingredients:
65g walnuts, toasted and chopped
65g almonds, toasted and chopped
65g melon seeds, toasted
65g pumpkin seeds, toasted
65g sesame seeds, toasted
105g kat paeng (candied mandarin orange), diced small
135g tong kua (candied melon), diced small
4 kaffir leaves, shredded (optional)
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp five spices powder
250g koh fun (cooked glutinous rice flour)

Wet Ingredients:
8 tbsp vegetable oil
12 - 14 tbsp water
3 tbsp homemade golden syrup (click here for recipe)
4 tbsp chinese rose wine or brandy
160g – 170g homemade XO sauce (click here for recipe)

  1. Combine all the dried ingredients (except koh fun) in a big mixing bowl. Add in the wet ingredients and mix well. Use 12 tbsp of water first.  Add in 1 tablespoon of water at a time if the mixture is too dry. 
  2. Then in koh fun. Mix well and roll into 12 balls, approximately 100g - 105g each. Set aside.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Line baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Roll a ball of Skin Dough out until approx 4.5 inches in diameter and wrap around a ball of the filling. 
  4. Place a ball of filling in center, wrap and shape into a ball. Dust with flour all around. Dust the mould with some flour too and press firmly into the mould. Unmould and place it on the lined baking tray.
  5. Lightly spray some water onto the mooncakes.  This will prevent mooncake from cracking.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 - 12 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes. Brush with egg wash. Return mooncakes to the oven and bake for another 15 - 17 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Keep mooncakes in cover container for 3 to 4 days before consuming. This will let the mooncakes mature.
Note:  The temperature and baking time are guidelines.  Please monitor and adjust accordingly to your oven.




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