Another Chinese New Year favourite that you simply can’t go without. I have never made pineapple tarts before and there are quite a few different variations of the recipe online. In the end I decided to take my favourite parts from the recipes of A Spoonful of Sugah, Rasa Malaysia and Fresh From the Oven.
The pineapple balls in the photo above are the result of boiling down 3 cans of pineapple (yields approximately 45 small balls).
I used a mini flower shaped cutter to cut out the pastry base. These are smaller than usual pineapple tart cutters and I got about 30 bases from the amount of pastry that I made.
I actually halved the pastry ingredients to account for the fact that the original recipe calls for 3 whole fresh pineapples and I only used 3 cans of pineapple which I guessed equated to about 1.5 pineapples. I did have a little bit of the pineapple jam left over at the end so the yield could probably have been higher.
Another thing I would do differently next time is to roll the pastry a little thinner as it seemed to expand slightly in the oven which made the pastry slightly too thick.
Some handy tips:
- If you have time before and after blending the pineapple, try to squeeze as much of the juice out as possible. This will cut down the time needed to reduce the pineapple and will also make the jam easier to roll into balls.
- Keep a close eye on the pineapple and stir often towards the end of the reducing process as this is when there is very little liquid in the pan and the pineapple could quickly burn.
- Double egg-washing the tarts, once before baking and once half-way through, will make the pastry even more golden.
I would say that these pineapple tarts need a bit more practice. They’re nowhere near professional looking, and I think the recipes could be refined a bit. I found that the pineapple jam was not quite sweet enough, and the pastry, whilst buttery and almost melt-in-the-mouth, was just that little bit dry. Keep your eyes peeled for take 2 of the pineapple tarts.
In the meantime I’d love to know what are your experiences of making pineapple tarts and whether you have a foolproof recipe you wouldn’t mind sharing :)