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Pineapple Tarts

First posted in Jan 2009, updated with new recipe & photos in Jan 2014.

With Chinese New Year (CNY) slightly less than a month away (19 Feb 2015), have you started your CNY baking? To me, pineapple tarts (黄梨酥) are the most representative snack of the festive CNY season, so if I can only bake one item, that will definitely be pineapple tarts. They are so popular because the pineapple, pronounced as “ong lai” in dialect, sound as auspicious as they are delicious. They also have a golden finish which signifies wealth and prosperity. I think they look like a very pretty and cheerful sunflower. This is a recipe for open-faced pineapple tarts.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe

I wasn’t satisfied with the old recipe put up in 2009, and I am glad to update my blog in 2015 with a much improved and better-tasting pineapple tart recipe, complete with practical tips and detailed step-by-step photos (thanks to the SO for taking them). We tried and tweaked several recipes before arriving at this version.  This is an easy recipe which does not require any mixer. The tart pastry is crumbly and buttery.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe

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Pineapple Tarts Recipe

I used store-bought pineapple tart jam from Kwong Cheong Thye (not so sweet). You can also buy them from Phoon Huat (sweeter than Kwong Cheong Thye) or the local supermarkets. I hope that in the near future, I can find the energy to make my own pineapple tart jam from scratch (used to make them as a kid and it was such hard work to grate the pineapples).

Pineapple Tarts Recipe

Step-by-Step Photos (Pineapple Tarts)

Note: Measurements are at the Printable Recipe

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
In a large bowl, sift in flour, corn flour and salt.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Add cold, cubed butter.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Rub the butter (fats) into the flour using your fingertips.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Do so until they resemble coarse bread crumbs as shown.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Add egg yolk, icing sugar and cold water.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Gently knead the dough until it comes together. Do not overknead. As seen from the photo, the dough is not completely smooth and there are specks of butter. That is all right.

Tip: Add a bit more flour if the dough is sticky. Add a bit of cold water (1/2 tbsp at a time) if the dough is too dry.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Divide the dough into four small portions, wrapped in cling film and refrigerated for 30 minutes for the dough to firm up slightly, so that it is easier to roll and work with later.

Tip: Work on a small portion of dough each time, so that they are always cold and easier to handle.

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While waiting for the dough to chill, weigh and measure pineapple tart jam to 6 grams balls.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Prepare work surface and dust it with flour.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Take out one portion of dough from the fridge. Use small amount of flour, if required, and knead it slightly such that it is no longer sticky yet not dry.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
This is the correct texture of the pastry dough. You should be able to imprint easily as shown.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Coat rolling pin with flour. Using quick and short strokes, roll the dough to 7mm thickness.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Use pineapple tart mould (cookie cutter) to cut out the shape of the tart.

Tip: Twist it around a bit to get a defined and precise cut.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Dust inner mould with liberal amounts of flour.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Fit inner mould into tart cutter and press firmly to get the flower design.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Gently take out the pastry tart from the mould. The petal design should be clearly imprinted.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
Brush the tart shells with egg wash.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe

Arrange the egg washed tart shells on a baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes.

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Take out the tray, press pineapple jam ball into cavity of each partially baked tart shell. Continue baking for 5 minutes.

Tip: The reason for baking the tart shell first before adding the jam, is so that the jam do not look dried-out after baking. You can bake the pineapple tart with jam (one step), for 15 minutes, if preferred.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
The beautifully baked pineapple tarts (close-up).

Pineapple Tarts Recipe
When they are cooled, store the tarts in air-tight containers.

82 comments on “Pineapple Tarts”

  1. Hi, what kind of flour should be used for the 150g portion? I don’t have an oven, will a toaster do the work? If so, what is the temperature and time? Thank you!

  2. They must be delicious!

  3. Hi, i also using ready made pineapple paste but it’s quite sweet and sour. Do you know how to make it less sweet and sour? Thanks

  4. Hi, why do we need to use corn flour? Can don’t use it? Thanks

  5. Just tried this! But only the tarts and they came out amazing! A bit salty though perhaps because I used salted butter, but the pastry recipe was great! Only slight change I made was that i refrigerated it for half an hour before rolling it out.

  6. Which brand of pineapple paste you recommend? There are a few at the supermarkets

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  8. These are so pretty. I probably again will end up eating too many of them.

  9. Hi! How do you roll the pineapple tart jam into such nice round shape? Any method to share? Thanks in advance!

  10. Hi,

    May I know where to buy the kwong cheong thye?

    • Here’s their website: http://kctsoyaonline.com/ Their retail shop is at Aljunied (walking distance from Aljunied MRT). They usually open only on weekdays, during office hours. During festive season (CNY or mid autumn, for example), they extend the hours or open on Sat. It’s better to call them first (number on their website) before heading down.

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