Pineapple Tarts | Asian

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Pineapple tarts are a 'must-have' festive cookie. It is a small, bite-size pastry filled with or topped with pineapple jam. The pastry consists of a large proportion of butter and egg yolk. It has an exceptional rich, buttery, tender and melt-in-the-mouth texture.

The pineapple jam is usually made by slowly reducing and caramelizing grated fresh pineapple that has been mixed with sugar and spices - usually cinnamon, star anise and cloves.

During the Chinese New Year season, these are usually made in the shape of flat, open tart topped with pineapple jam under a lattice of pastry. In the video recipe, it shows rolls filled with jam that are open at the ends and jam-filled spheres is the other alternative.

They can be found in commercial bakeries to buy back and give away as souvenir food items to share with friends back home.

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