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Fabulous pineapple tarts

Fabulous pineapple tarts

Delicious pineapple tarts


These lovely Pineapple Tarts are very popular in Malaysia especially during Chinese New Year. It is a lot of work but it’s worth all the effort. I think it’s fun to make. In Taiwan, it is called Pineapple Cookies and they are highly popular there, too.

May is a very nice friend of mine from Taiwan. When she brought back some pineapple cookies from Taiwan for us to try, I thought that must be the best cookies I have ever tried. The pastry was so fine and the pineapple jam inside was just perfect. Knowing that I liked it very much, she called her sister-in-law for the recipe (for the pastry). When she realised that I can’t read mandarin, she translated the whole recipe for me. That’s just so sweet of her. I’m always so thankful to have such wonderful friend like her.

Here is the recipe to share. I made 28 pieces and still have another half of the pastry left over. So, double the amount of jam here to make more.

Ingredients A (jam)
700g pineapple pieces
1/2C sugar (adjust according to taste)

Cooking the pineapple jam

Cooking the pineapple jam

I passed the pineapple pieces through my wonderful, masticating juicer, using partial juicing, because I want some juices to remain for more flavour. You can use a blender too and then squeeze out the juice. Put the pulp into a pot and add the sugar.

Golden pineapple tarts

Golden pineapple tarts

Stir every now and then under medium fire until it turns golden. Dish it up to let it cool down.

Pineapple jam balls for filling

Pineapple jam balls for filling

Divide into small balls.

Note: I don’t prefer to use the blender because the jam comes out too fine. Using the juicer gives a fine but more fibrous texture.

Ingredients B (pastry)
300g plain flour
1egg yolk
160g butter
100g icing sugar
30g milk powder
dash of salt

In a big mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light. Add eggs and egg yolks one a time while beating. Add flour, milk powder and salt. Mix well and leave to rest for 15 minutes.

Cut pastry dough into rounds

Cut pastry dough into rounds

Roll out the dough. Using a pineapple tart cutter, cut the dough into rounds.

Pineapple tarts ready to be baked

Pineapple tarts ready to be baked

Add a ball of pineapple jam in the centre. Add a few strips of dough on top. Brush with beaten egg and bake for about 10 minutes or until slightly golden, at 180 degrees Celsius. Cool completely on a wire rack before eating.

These cookies are just fabulous. The texture is very fine and together with the pineapple jam, it gives such a bursting of flavour and feel in your mouth. They go great with coffee or tea.

Do you bake a lot? Have you tried these tarts or cookies? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other pastry recipe that you may be interested:
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Divina  on November 12th, 2009

I haven’t tried baking these tarts but I have eaten them somewhere - I think that somewhere is also in Taiwan. I like to bake but it depends on my mood. I think I like to eat it more than baking it. :) Looks good.

TasteHongKong  on November 12th, 2009

It is sooooooooooo inviting.

Sook  on November 12th, 2009

Yum! These look fantastic! It’s late here and I’m just drooling over your yummy tarts!

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Divina - Thanks for sharing. I don’t bake a lot otherwise I have to go for more sports to burn off the calories. These tarts are so good that I really have to control myself from over-indulging. I’m going to make again for my friend who gave me this recipe.

@TasteHongKong - Looks very inviting but tastes really good. Hope you try. You can make the pineapple jam first and make the pastry the next day to split up the work if it is too much work in one sitting.

@Sook - Thanks. What a time to look at food pictures! I would have a sleepless night if I do so….LOL

Shirley  on November 12th, 2009

I’ve seen a lot of pie, tart recipes using ready made pastry, I’ve been looking for the right mix for home made pastry since a while. Thank you.

claire  on November 12th, 2009

Pineapple tarts is one of my favorite cookies.. couple of years ago, i used to make them myself occasionally but lately I am too lazy to do that.. i can now order thru my colleague who makes fantastically as well.. :)

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on November 12th, 2009

I love tarts very much. Your pineapple tarts look attractive and lovely. I didn’t know this pineapple tarts are popular and eaten during Chinese New Year in Malaysia before. Oh, good to know and learn how to do some for my Malaysian friend here.

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Shirley - This is a very nice & fine pastry that I got from my Taiwanese friend. There are so many tpes of pastry recipes that they can be quite confusing. But I really like this one. It’s a little tricky…a tempttaion to add more flour. Also, have to be very observant of oven temp and time.

@Claire - You are very lucky ….envy you :( I wish I can buy them easily just in case I am lazy to make. Well, if I want to enjoy Malaysian food here, I can’t be lazy.Maybe I should make and sell…LOL

@Christine - Making for your Malaysian friends? Wow…they would be greatly impressed. I’m sure you are going to get lots of hugs from them. I have not heard of any of my Malaysian friends here make them. See….I am preparing for Chinese New Year already…hehe

foodlovee  on November 12th, 2009

Just ate tons of pineapple tarts on Deepavali season.But not really satisfy with any.Yours looks like the one I need.I already eating your photos.Yum!

Mathea  on November 12th, 2009

You make these look so perfect, how do you do that?

I’m a horrible baker by nature and have to work so hard to get things to look decent.

I love these - they looks so cute!

Drick  on November 12th, 2009

very nice little tart - all perfect and I know tasty too…

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@foodlovee - I know what you mean. I have eaten a lot too. They are nice but lack something somewhere. I really like the one that my friend brought back from Taiwan. So far, I think I love this one very much, though can be improved, not because of the recipe but because of the oven. It’s giving me a bit of problem that’s why the colour is not even.

@Mathea - I have a pineapple tarts cutter that I brought from Malaysia. I love all those cute, tiny kitchen gadgets. Many of them are still very new and well kept, waiting for recipes :)

@Drick - Thanks. On closer look, they are not perfect … LOL. Have to blame it on my oven.

cheah  on November 12th, 2009

Chinese New Year already? Great post! One of my favourites too, but I’m very lazy to make the jam, just get the jam from the speciality shop and make the pastry. I normally make the Indonesian type, Nastar.

kristy  on November 12th, 2009

Ah good, I found another good pastry skin for my pineapple cookie again. I like trying out new pastry skin. I made some too last month but not yet posted it. haha…. I’m lucky coz I can get the ready made pineapple paste here at anytime.

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on November 12th, 2009

I think my next tart needs to be one of these! I LOVE pineapple :)

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Cheah - Haha…sounds like Chinese New Year in my house all the time! Nothing comes easy here…you are very lucky. Now I wonder how is the Indonesian pineapple tarts. Need to check that out.

@Kristy - You are very lucky to get the ready pineapple jam. But I love my jam…not too sweet and it has the bite to it. Hope to see your recipe soon.

@Rochelle - Oh…if you love pineapples, you will love this. They taste really good.

penny aka jeroxie  on November 12th, 2009

Chinese New Year is not too far away! I miss having these during CNY. Not been home for a long time for it…. sighhh

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Penny - Time to create home Chinese New Year in Melbourne :) I have to do the same. So quiet here every year. At least I have one item now…my Pineapple Tarts…yeah

Danielle  on November 12th, 2009

These look absolutely amazing. You’ve done it again Mary!

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Danielle - Thanks for your lovely comment. I had fun making them. Hope you try out soon.

joylicious  on November 12th, 2009

I love pineapple so much, my mother would buy these little pineapple cakes during Chinese New Year — it had a fig newton like outside with a sweet pineapple filling, but you know these actually look a lot better. Aw Mary you always make me so hungry with your delectable creations!!!

Elle  on November 12th, 2009

How sweet! I love pineapple anything. And what a wonderful friend you have!

lululu  on November 12th, 2009

wow…too beautiful!
did i tell u i adore any pastry foodie? i bet they taste delicious too!

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@joylicious - It’s so easy back home to just place order but I don’t have so much luck here. Well, maybe homemade is still the best. So sorry I make you hungry all the time…hehe. I think you just visit my blog at the wrong time…LOL

@Elle - Thanks for visiting. If you love pineapple, you will love these tarts. I love them very much. Yes, I’m very blessed to have such a wonderful friend.

@lululu - wow…didn’t know you are such a pastry fan. This pastry is very fine and taste really good. Hope you try out soon. I’ll be making again soon.

Simply Life  on November 12th, 2009

Oh those are just adorable and look tasty too!

Barbara Bakes  on November 12th, 2009

I’ve never had a pineapple tart. They look luscious!

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Simply Life - Thanks. They are my favourite. Hope you try out soon.

@Barbara Bakes - Thanks. This is one one the best tarts that I have eaten. They look like little cookies too.

Blackswan  on November 14th, 2009

New Year already?? LOL! Gosh, you’re making me hungry & I love pineapple tarts! May I have some :)

Mary  on November 14th, 2009

@Blackswan - Yes, thinking of Chinese New Year already…practising first…LOL. I think I have not met anyone who doesn’t like pineapple tarts. My family really loves them. Come, and I’ll make you a lot :)

Filipina Loves Food  on November 14th, 2009

These are so cute, I can’t wait to impress my family with these little tarts.

Mary  on November 15th, 2009

@Filipina - I’m sure your family will be impressed. I love to make them especially when I am free or when pineapples are cheap. My whole family likes them.

gen  on November 15th, 2009

This looks AMAZING! I’m half tempted to go to the store to make this right now!

Mary  on November 16th, 2009

@gen - Thanks for visiting and leaving lovely comment.Hope you try out soon. I love making them. I think it’s fun. I feel very happy when they turn out well.

May  on November 27th, 2009

Mary, Thank you for your kind words. You are very creative. Those tarts look just beautiful. I’m looking forward to trying some. I just shared your blog with my sister-in-law. I want her to see your beautiful creation.

Mary  on November 27th, 2009

@May - Thanks very much for your lovely recipe & your lovely comment. Thanks too for sharing my blog with your family. I have yet to perfect it. The pastry is very fine and delicious but the oven is not doing too well so the colour is not even. Going to make it again to let you try.

kok loong wong  on November 27th, 2009

Delicious pineapple tarts…always reminded me of Chinese New Year in Malaysia!

Mary  on November 27th, 2009

@kok loong wong - Thanks for visiting. Lovely to meet another Malaysian. I miss the Chinese New Year back home. Hope making these pineapple tarts helps me :)

Kelly Parr  on February 24th, 2010

These little sweet treats look delicious! Reminds me of our time in Malaysia in the villages where we would eat tons of these type of yummy desserts! (well ok…not tons but we did eat alot!)

Hey it is also good seeing Divina and Shirley on here too! We live in a small world. :)

Gladys  on January 15th, 2011

Can we replace butter to margarine,for pineapple tart and what can replace instead of using milk powder

Mary  on January 15th, 2011

@Gladys - Thanks very much for visiting. I always use butter instead of margarine for health reason. Margarine is bad for health. As for the milk powder, the amount is not much and it’s for flavour. But otherwise maybe you can add corn flour instead for a melt in the mouth feel. However, I have not tried that. I just think that it should work. Hope this helps. Have fun baking :D

faye  on February 3rd, 2011

Hello Mary,
Thanks for sharing your passion. I am a new kid on your blog, and it was through Divina’s website that I got to know yours.
Today is CNY, and living in Vancouver for the past 18 years has made me forget lots of chinese customs. Now that I saw the pineapple tarts, I am interested again. Can you tell me where to buy that particular cookie cutter. I had tried making it once many many years ago, I think it took me 6 whole days to cook down the pineapple. Must have done something wrong, hehe.
Wish you and family a healthy and happy new year.

Mary  on February 4th, 2011

@faye - Thanks very much for visiting, Fave! Lovely to meet you and to know that you came here from Divina’s blog. Divina is a very good friend of mine. Wow….18 years in Canada! That’s a long time. I would have forgotten lots of my Chinese culture too after so long :P We try to go back at least once a year. I got the pineapple tart mould when I went back for holiday. I can’t find it here in Scotland, too. Wonder whether you can get it from Ebay. I think you can. Search for pineapple tart mould. I hope you can get it. As for cooking the pineapple jam, I find that the easiest is to squeeze out the juice to drink (very refreshing and delicious) and use the pulp to cook the jam. In that way, it takes very short time. Hope this helps. Have fun cooking and baking :D

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