Chinese new year recipe - sweet pastries with a delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.

Chinese New Year – crispy peanu astry with sesame and coconut (花生芝麻角仔)

I remember the ten joyful days during Luna new year while I was growing up. It was always in the midst of winter and the air was cold. There were sparkles in our eyes with the excitement of fire crackers, flower stalls, new clothes, a few good meals and the red envelopes with precious money in it.

The ‘gok-zai'(角仔, in Cantonese) or the ‘YouJiao'(油角, in Mandarine), translated as ‘the little fried triangles’. The families diligently handmade the pastries and presented them to other families as gifts together with some fresh fruits.  Some pastries were regifted, and familese could ended up with a collection of them with different shapes and sizes. My grandmother stored these little goodies in a brown urn under the stairs. These little treats were very much appreciated by the little ones.

Here is my quick and easy ‘gok-zai’. Traditionally they were deep-fried but I baked them for a healthier version.  I wish you a happy new year 新年快樂. Hope the new year will bring you and your family health, peace and happiness.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup peanuts, lightly toasted, crushed
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar or raw sugar
  • 2/3 cup desiccated coconut, lighted toasted
  • shop-bought short crust pastry
  • 1 egg for egg wash (for baking method only)

Filling

  • Combine peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar and coconut, mix well
Delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.
Delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.

Method 1 – baking

  • Cut the short crust pastry into small round discs – for baking, I used a cookie cutter that is 7.5cm in diameter.
  • Make the dumplings as demonstrated in the video below.
  • Brush the dumplings with egg wash
  • Baked in a pre-heated oven at 180c for about 30 minutes, turn over a few times.Save
How to wrap a Chinese new year sweet pastry filled with peanut, sesame seed and coconut.

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Sweet pastry with a delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.
Chinese new year – baked sweet pastry with a delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.

Method 2 – deep frying

  • Cut the short crust pastry in small round discs – size is preferably smaller than the baked version as the pasty will ‘puffed-up’ more during deep frying. I use a cookie cutter that is 6.5cm in diameter.
  • Make the dumplings as demonstrated in the video below.
  • Pre-heat oil to 170c; deep fry the pastries till golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes.
Chinese new year recipe - sweet pastries with a delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.
Chinese new year recipe – deep fried sweet pastries with a delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut.

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