Sunday, January 16, 2011

Aspiring Bakers #3: My Favorite CNY Cookie - Pineapple Tarts

I'm submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #3: My Favorite CNY Cookie hosted by j3ss kitch3n. More information can be found here. Join in the fun! =D

Pineapple Rolls/Tarts

Pineapple filling's ingredients:
2
Pineapple (~1kg each)
40 g
Sugar (or to taste)
4
Cinnamon sticks
2
Star anise

Method:
1.    Peel the pineapples and cut out the black eyes. Cut the pineapples into pieces. (Remove core). Blend till fine.
2.    Pour blended pineapple into frying pan and cook for a while before adding sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.
3.    Cook till it thickens and dry enough to handle. Set aside to cool.
4.    Once cool, shape the pineapple jam into small balls. (I made about 50 [1 tsp-size] balls)
The bottom right picture: Left (more bright yellow) are cooked for shorter time (wetter). The right one are more dry.

Notes:
1.    I put about 4 tsp of sugar when cooking the pineapple. The pineapples itself are very sweet and my family prefer less sweet and sour-ish jam. Do add more sugar (about ~100g).
2.    My jam were not coked till very dry – just enough to handle to form into balls.
3.    When forming the balls, wetting your hand helps.
4.    I made about 50 (1 tsp size balls) – too little for the amount of dough >.< Have to add more pineapple in the future.

Pastry recipe adapted from Fresh from the Oven. Changes made in red.

Ingredients:

375 g
All-purpose flour
2 tbsp
Cornstarch
1/4
Teaspoon salt
220 g
Unsalted butter (room temp)
50 30 g
Icing sugar
1/2
Vanilla bean
2
Egg yolks


1
Egg yolk, for egg wash


Method:
1.    Sieve all-purpose flour and corn flour. Set aside.
2.    Beat butter and icing sugar until it turns light in color and fluffy. Add in vanilla beans and egg yolks until well combined.
3.    Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just combined.
Assemble tart:
1.    Roll dough into small rounds.
2.    Flatten the dough and used it to cover the prepared pineapple jam. Shape it anyway you prefer.
3.    Brush with egg wash and baked in preheated oven at 180 degree C for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown. 
Tried different patterns. Pillow, round, and pineapple.
Notes:
1.    My dough are ½ tbsp size.
2.    Mum loved it, especially the jam. But Dad mentioned that the pastry is too flaky, too "melt-in-the-mouth" for his taste. I believe it is due to the corn flour. Reduce the amount of corn flour if you prefer harder texture.
Rolled the left over dough into crushed corn flakes.
Argh! Half gone! Don't think it will last till CNY. D=

It was my first time making pineapple tarts and it was definitely a fun process and good experience! I really enjoyed it. =D (Except being attacked by hoards of mosquitoes. >.<)
Hope everyone had a fun time preparing for the festive season (or just baking in general).

10 huggies:

j3ss kitch3n said...

wow! you finally did it jet! looks very delicious! did you leave some for me!?

The Sweetylicious said...

looks really YUMMY!(: (: melt in the mouth? i love it!! (: (:

Small Small Baker said...

I'm using the same recipe too! It's good, really melts in the mouth. :)

Jet said...

j3ss, thank you. ^^ More to come...hopefully.

Welcome Sweetylicious! =D The tarts are definitely melt in the mouth (according to my family. I did not eat it >.<).

Small Small Baker, come to think of it, I am using the recipe you raved about for the cashew nut cookies too! I could've read about it from your blog in the first place. Thanks for sharing about it =D

Zoe said...

They are fantastic! Love the idea of using the leftover pastry with cornflakes!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Jet, your pineapple tarts looks so lovely! I have not tried baking pineapple tarts yet and no intention to bake until tempted by Wendy of Table for 2, now thinking to try baking some for CNY :P

Ah Tze said...

the pineapple tarts look so yummy! I like your pineapple jam very much, it looks soft and delicious!

hanushi said...

Wow, pretty pretty...

Jet said...

Thank you, Zoe. =D

Jess, thank you! Yes! Be tempted! Can't wait to see your post on pineapple tarts. -wink wink-

Ah Tze, thank you. =D

Welcome hanushi! And thank you.

Anncoo said...

Nice pineapple tarts :)