By Chara Teh inspiredbaking
The Lunar New Year is probably my favourite festive season of the year. The whole extended family comes together...and then there are all the preparations that need to be made. There's the cleaning, repainting (which we usually leave to the guys in my family), then there's the baking of treats that we serve during the open house on the second and third days of the celebration, when we invite friends and their families. What is fellowship without food?
This is a recipe my aunt and I worked on and altered. Pineapple tarts are my favourite beside my dad's peanut cookies (that's another story).
Blend or process pineapple. Drain excess juice by placing blended fruit onto a strainer. Do not drain completely.
Use pastry cutter, food processor or rubbing in method to combine cold, cubed butter, flour, sugar and salt. Add in egg and then cold water. When dough forms, turn out onto flat surface and pat together to form a dough ball (I usually divide into 4 and wrap individually), then wrap with plastic wrap or put in ziplock bag to chill for 15 minutes.
*I usually work with quarters of the portion at a time as it is humid here and I find smaller portions easier to handle and I like these fresh. Dough can be frozen and jam can be refrigerated. When thawing, dough, never unwrap to thaw as condensation will form on the dough. Only unwrap when dough is soft enough to use.
*These have never lasted more than a few days but if making for home then I suggest dividing the jam recipe by three and so on. They are best when fresh. We make new batches every morning when we have an open house.
Helen McBride maxnme1 - Oct 7, 2012
Thanks for sharing this recipe and the story with your recipe. I enjoyed your story and can't wait to try this recipe and your others!
Chara Teh inspiredbaking - Oct 8, 2012
Do try it, Helen, and beware! They are addictive! When I do have the time, these come out of the 'Chinese New Year treats' category and they are instead, all time favourites! There's nothing like a good pineapple tart! Or two...maybe three...more like a whole box of them. Ah well.