February 14, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Pineapple tarts! How can any chinese family miss out this traditional delicious new year goody? With a doubt this has to be on top of my priority to-bake list for cny. Last year, I made my own pineapple jam and the results was so much better than store-bought jam that I 've told my mom that this year, it has to be home-made jam again. However, work has been so busy for me this year that I was happy to have the time for pineapple tarts. I just had to make do with store-bought because it would be so much convenient for me.
I bought one packet of 1-kg pineapple jam from Phoon Huat (Redman brand) and was planning to make open tart style and the closed version, but the jam was just enough for three tubs of closed version so that was all I made this year. I attempted to measure the weight of the dough and pineapple jam so that each and every tart would be identical. I used 6g or 7g dough vs 6g or 7g jam and Im pretty satisfied with the thin crust I got this year. :)
I used to receive comments that my pineapple tart had too little jam but this year I received other comments such as they prefer more crust than jam. *lol* Well so it all boils down to personal preference. For me, even though I don't really fancy eating a lot of the pineapple jam, I think a thinner crust makes the tarts appear more 'professional looking as there has been effort put in to mould each tart into even shapes and with generous amount of filling (jam). :)

My recipe was from none other than Oi Lin's
Delicious Asian Sweet Treats and the tarts were very buttery and melt-in-your mouth. Personally I have tried a couple of pineapple tart recipes before and I would say most are good in their own way. I emphasise using good quality ingredients especially butter since butter is the key ingredient in pineapple tarts.

The clock had struck midnight and it is now 大年初一﹗


Happy Homebaker said...

Hi Aimei, 祝你在新的一年里,工作顺利, 身体健康,万事如意!

Small Small Baker said...

Hi Aimei, wish you a lucky and prosperous Tiger year and Happy Valentines Day too! :)

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Dear Aimei

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family!

Best wishes

tigerfish said...

Looks very round. Cute pineapple cookies/tarts :)

Jackie said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai Happy New Year

Loved how each of them has the same size. Look yummy !

How do u do that ? I cant seems to get them equally sized.

Anonymous said...

yeah, my DD pineapple tarts were very nice~!! love it~~ *surprised* =P

Aimei said...

Thanks to all for the well wishes. :)

Jackie, I measured the dough and pineapple jam by weight, so it makes them all equal size. Alternatively you can use measuring spoon. :)

pigpigscorner said...

wow I love the colour of your tarts! Looks melt-in-your-mouth.

thecoffeesnob said...

These seem like a lot of work, even with ready made pineapple paste! I love the golden sheen your tarts take on after being baked- I really have to try making them next year!