Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple Tarts

Description:
A small, bite-size pastry typically eaten during Chinese New Year. The pastry itself is made out of butter, egg yolk and cornstarch which accounts for its buttery texture. The pineapple jam is made by slowly reducing and caramelizing grated fresh pineapple mixed with sugar and spices - typically, cinnamon, star anise and cloves. Pineapple tarts come in two different offerings: A flat, open tart topped with pineapple jam under a lattice of pastry or a roll with small line-imprints that look like a small worm with pineapple stuffed inside.

Trivial:
The pineapple tart is closely associated with the Chinese New Year as the golden colour of the pineapple jam on top of the pastry circle (the original shape of the first pineapple tart produced) is considered auspicious. The Hokkien term for pineapple, Ong Lai (meaning Golden Pear), also sounds similar to "prosperity come" in Chinese.

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