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Friday, January 4, 2013

Pineapple tarts recipe: The nyonya way

Pineapple tarts recipe: The nyonya way

The  older generation of traditional nyonyas can be  fastidious when it comes to cooking and making nyonya kuih
They take meticulous care to ensure that their nyonya dishes and kuih meet their exacting standard.    
Their kuih must not only suit their taste buds, but must look appealing and have that dainty flair.
Making pineapple tarts the traditional way, using the fluted cutter, 
was a slow and tedious process. With their hectic lifestyle, the younger generation of nyonyas usually make use of the pineapple tart mould which is an easier and faster method. Nevertheless, they try to maintain the exacting standard sets by their mothers or aunts.   

Pineapple tarts recipe
Contributed by Catherine Wan

Ingredients for pineapple jam

1 kg pineapple
200g castor sugar
1tsp lemon or lemon skin
500g all-purpose flour
300g margarine
2 eggs
2 tbs cold water
A pinch of salt


1. Slice skin of pineapples

2. Grate pineapple. Chop until fine. Using a muslin cloth, squeeze out the juice until partially dry. Add castor sugar to the grated pineapple.

Cook in aluminium pot over medium heat
Lower to low heat and stir frequently


Things you may require

1. Fluted pastry cutter

2. Pastry brush

3. Pineapple tart mould


1. In a large bowl or container, combine all purpose flour, pinch of salt and margarine.
Slowly add cold water and using the rub-in method, work the dough until it resembles bread crumbs.

2. Make well in centre of mixture
Pour two  eggs in well
Knead lightly

3. Wrap in plastic
Refrigerate for two to three hours

4. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness

5.Cut dough using pineapple tart mould

6.Put pineapple jam in centre

7.Decorate with criss-cross strips

8.Brush top of pastry with beaten egg

9. Preheat oven to 180 C/ 350 F. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in preheated oven

The pineapple tarts made by nyonya Catherine

10. Time to sink your teeth into the crunchy, yummy tarts.
       Inilah, kuih te'eh nyonya.

Notes: Photos courtesy of Siew Leng
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  1. hi,
    may i know how much pineapple tarts will this recipe produce?

    1. Hi abc,
      According to my sis, Catherine, about 500g of pastry, using a medium size mould, you should be able to get about seventy tarts. Hope you try out the recipe and wish you every success.

  2. Replies
    1. Glad to share. Wish you luck and success, if you are trying out the recipe.

    2. i have tried your recipe.It is indeed good. Moreover, your tarts look stunning. =)

    3. Glad to hear you have succeeded in making the tarts. Hope you will continue making more of the stunning tarts. Wish you and family a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

  3. Hi... Where I can buy this type of mould.. I'm searching n searching but cannot find... Please advice.. I'm Christine from Melaka.

    1. Hi Christine,
      Got ours from one of the shops at Beauty World Plaza, Bukit Timah, S'pore. However, recently wanted to buy some for friends, but the shop no longer sell this type of mould. If other readers know wgere this type of mould is available pl. advise Christine. Thanks.

  4. thank you for sharing this recipe. Boleh order ke?

  5. thank you for sharing this recipe. Boleh order ke?

  6. Trying hard to look for the pineapple tart mould. Any suggestions where to get this?

  7. Trying hard to look for the pineapple tart mould. Any suggestions where to get this?