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Gaoqiao Muffin

Gaoqiao muffins(高桥松饼) pastry known as sand puff pastry, is one of the famous Shanghai Gaoqiao Town specialty products and it has more than 100 years of history. Because of pastry layered, each as thin as paper, so its nickname is thousand layer pastry. It is an important part of Shanghai culture.

After adding ingredients, leavened dough, rub crisp, crisp packets, crisp open, insert skin, encrusting, baking, cooling, testing, boxing and other processes, finished shape looks like a moon cake. The cake appears golden yellow, oily smooth, surrounded by white, the bottom of the coke is not stiff and the pastry is structured. The stuffing is free of impurities, filling full, so it tastes crisp and sweet.

The stuffing of the Gaoqiao muffin is sweet, because it was selected the finest raw materials since ancient times, such as red beans will certainly choose red bean produced in Chongming. If using the jujube paste stuffing, which have to be jujube produced in Shandong. The lard and well water are both carefully selected.

After a hundred years of development, there is still a number of steps to retain the hand-production requirements. There are a few muffin factories in Gaoqiao now. The secret of muffin dough lies in two dough in one pie, one is a fine white lard dough, and the other is flour and water. The muffin should be made to be the most famous 8-12 layers, which is the most critical step and the repetitive manual processes to catch the pastry, since this procedure absolutely has no way to use machines to replace, and it is where muffins secret lies. Although it is known that stuffing material are hummus, ginkgo and jujube paste these types, but the proportion in which each recipe and raw materials and sugar are unknown.

The authentic Gaoqiao muffins artistry reached today really only pass three generations. Now living the Zhang Lingfeng old lady living in Gaoqiao was 90 years old, is a third-generation descendant of muffin skills. But unfortunately, due to advanced age, you can only feel this folk craft heritage from delicious muffin which has gone unchanged for centuries.

Gaoqiao muffin was one of the famous brand in Shanghai in 1950s. Its production experience is colored in a book named "National Food Technology production program". In 1983, Gaoqiao muffin was rated as Shanghai high quality products. In 1985, it was awarded as the National Department of Commerce National Food quality products, included in "Encyclopedia of Chinese traditional food" volume of "traditional Shanghai food." Gaoqiao muffin is also known as the "Shanghai suburbs treasure," once reported in the "Liberation Daily", "Xinmin Evening News", "food weekly," and so on. 

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