Just a reminder that today marks the start of the Mid-Autumn Festival in China (and Vietnam). As we’ve previously talked about on this blog, this annual harvest festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese and Vietnamese calendar, during a full moon.
This festival is also known as the Moon Festival, and it is characterized by the making Mooncakes, round sweets that are cut into pieces and shared between family members.
A Spanish sweet that makes a wonderful substitute for these mooncakes is soft turrón (Spanish nougat). This traditional Spanish sweet is traditionally made with honey, sugar and ground almonds, although it can also be made with a wide variety of other ingredients including peanuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, walnuts, candied fruit, chocolate, liquor, sesame seeds and much more.