Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pineapple Tarts

This was one of those spur of the moment desserts. Its an alternative taste to feng li su (Chinese Pineapple Cake). Very easy to make except for the shaping and molding part, takes me some patience there! These would be perfect for an Asian style tea party. ENJOY!!

Original recipe: Pineapple Tarts
Serving size: 24

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
4 tablespoons icing sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional-makes the tarts extra crumbly)
1 egg yolk (lightly beaten for egg wash)

Pineapple Filling:
2 cans (20 oz can) crushed pineapple filling
10 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 teaspoon water)

1. Drain pineapple slices and squeeze the extra juice with your hands. Using low to medium heat, cook the drained crushed pineapple and sugar until most of the liquid has evaporated, and the filling turned golden. Stirring constantly using wooden spoon to avoid burning. Add in the cornstarch to thicken the mixture. Set aside and let it cool in the fridge.
2. Sieve the flour, cornstarch, salt, and sugar into a medium bowl. Beat butter in a mixer until it turns light in color and fluffy. Add in egg yolks until well combined. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just combined.
3. Divide pastry dough and pineapple filling each into 24 equal round. Flatten the pastry dough with the palms and put the pineapple filling in the middle and use the dough to cover the filling. Use your palms to round it up and shape it into a roll about 1.5 inches long (This part requires a lot of patience since the pastry dough is very crumbly).
4. Use a fork to make criss-cross patterns on the tart and then brush it with the egg wash (I never did this part b/c dough was too crumbly).
5. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes or until light brown.


Janine said...

You husband is so lucky to have a wife that can cook! I've been trying to cook more and your blog is great and helpful. Thanks! PS your son is so cute!

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