February 6, 2012 in DESSERT
Are you self-confident, innovative, brave, impulsive, compassionate and a perfectionist who is strong and decisive? Do you not care to listen to the advice of others? Like being in command? Then you were most likely born during the Year of the Dragon, the mightiest of all the Chinese Zodiac signs.
The Chinese year 4710 began on the 23rd of January 2012, and of course this is The Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Dragon comes around every 12th year . Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth day, when the moon is brightest. So, much is being celebrated all over the world by Chinese and non Chinese alike.
To enter into the mood I decided to make a dessert. My inspiration for this recipe came from Amy at she wears many hats My eye caught her photograph that had been pinned onto Pinterest so I followed the link and found her recipe. I pimped it a bit to suit my ingredients that I had to hand
CITRUS MASCARPONE WONTONS
4 ClemenGolds – canned mandarins will also do)
2.5ml Chinese 5 Spice Powder
15ml Brown Sugar
Wonton Wrappers (I couldn’t find any around here so settled for phyllo pastry)
Peanut Oil and Vegetable Oil – enough to cover about 2.5cm of your saucepan base
Peel and segment the fruit (catching the juice that runs out in a bowl as you do so)
Place in the bowl with the juice and add the 5 spice powder, cornflour and sugar. Mix well and set aside
Open up Wonton Wrappers (if using the phyllo pastry as I did brush melted butter on sheets and layer 2 or 3 on top of each other. Cut them out into squares
Place a small dollop (about half a teaspoon) of Mascarpone Cheese into the centre of each square or wrapper, add a teaspoon of the ClemenGold mixture then wet the edges of the pastry, fold the one corner over to the opposite corner to form half a triangle then fold over the other corners all to meet in the middle. Fix with a bit of water
Repeat with all the wrappers.
Heat up some oil (I used half and half peanut and vegetable oil) in your wok or saucepan and add the wontons a couple at a time and fry until golden brown all over
Set aside on paper towel to drain while you complete the rest of them
When cool dust liberally with icing sugar and serve as is or with some vanilla ice cream.
I made a yummy dipping sauce to dip my wontons into:
Mix together until dissolved :
50g Dark Brown or Muscovado Sugar
1 teaspoon Lime Juice
¼ teaspoon Five Spice Powder
Few drops Kikkomans Soy Sauce
20ml Hot Water
Serve alongside the Wontons or pour over ice cream as I did and enjoy!
Oh….and seeing as this is the month of luuuuurve………
Dragons will give in to love, but won’t give up their independence. Because they have quick, sometimes vengeful, tempers their partners need to be tough-skinned. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and when they find the right partners, they’ll usually commit to that person for life. If you would like to read more about the Year of the Dragon you can go here
Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers,
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