With Chinese New Year (CNY) around the corner, I thought to showcase some CNY goodies which one is wont to find in abundance during this festive period.
Chinese New Year is not Chinese New Year without Pineapple Tarts. Be they open pineapple jam tarts or pineapple rolls you will find these cookies for sale everywhere and most people will have at least one container of these cookies in their house. Such is the popularity of these cookies.
Pineapple tarts are essentially shortcrust pastry cookies filled with pineapple jam. They come in various shapes (as defined by me):
- The open tart – these have a pastry base with the pineapple jam in the middle and usually, a pastry design on the top.
- The roll – these have the pineapple jam inside covered with a layer of pastry rolled around it leaving the ends open.
- The pineapple – These have the pineapple jam inside the pastry, with a design on the outside to make the cookie resemble a pineapple
- The ball – The pineapple jam is inside the pastry which is rolled into the shape of a ball and a clove is stuck into one end, so it resembles an apple (I guess)
My favourite of the lot is the open tart because a well made open pineapple tart will have thin but firm pastry and lots of jam on it. I like my pastry firm but not hard whereas some people prefer theirs crumbly. Its all a matter of taste really.
The best I’ve found are still the homemade pineapple tarts. Commercial ones are usually too sweet or don’t have enough pineapple in the jam, or their pastry is too hard or too crumbly or it just doesn’t have enough pineapple jam in it. I don’t have a recipe for pineapple tarts but you can check out the recipe from Delicious Asian Food for the tart pastry and the pineapple jam. It looks pretty simple.
Should I try it and give my family some homemade pineapple tarts this year?