Recently, I attended a bloggers dinner gathering organized by Sherman of Sherman’s Food Adventures. The gathering was pretty well received, more than 20 bloggers attended the dinner which was held at East Is East restaurant. Well done Sherman! Appreciate your invitation to join the event. I did not take any pictures that evening; but, if you are interested, please feel free to view some of the photos and a write-up about the event from Victoria (Victoria's Food Secrets), Kim ( I'm Only Here For The Food) , Jessica & Mark (Yum-O-Rama), Wilson (La Petite Vancouver), Kevin (604 Foodtography), Darina (Gratinee), Melody (Gourmet Fury), TS ([eatingclub] Vancouver), Joyce & Frank (Van Foodies), Anita (La Petite Foodie), Jenny (My Secret Garden), Jonathan (Food and Tell), and Mijune (Follow Me Foodie)
Well, the winter Olympic is just around the corner and if you are coming over to Vancouver, do consider checking out all the above bloggers’ blogs as they will definitely provide you with some great ideas to dining out in Vancouver. They have diligently scout through and reviewed all of the restaurants and eateries here in Vancouver!
Anyway, back to my Pineapple Tarts post. I posted this recipe about a year ago and received many emails asking me about the technique used to wrap and shape the tart into little pineapples. Well, here is the pictorial guide and for the first time, I am also including a video guide as well to guide you through this easy process.
3 Large Ripe Pineapples, skin and cut into chunks
200 g to 350 g Sugar (adjust accordingly)
5 cm Cinnamon Stick
3 Pandanus leaves, cleaned and knotted
80 g Golden Syrup or Maltose
Blend the pineapple chunks in a blender or a food processor. Then pour into a sieve and drain off some of the juice.
Place the pineapple, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick and pandanus leaves in a heavy bottom saucepan and cook over a low heat. Adjust the sugar accordingly. Stir frequently until the jams are slightly thick and add in the golden syrup. Then cook until the jam is thick and glossy. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Then roll the pineapple jam into a small cherry sized balls.
500 g Unsalted Butter, softened
100 g Confectioner Sugar
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Large Egg Yolks
700 g All-Purpose Flour, sifted
100 g Corn Flour, sifted
2 Large Egg Yolks, lightly beaten for egg wash
Extra Cloves for decorating
Preheat the oven to 180˚C and line baking tray with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar and salt. With a wooden spoon mix until they are well combined and add the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Then mix in all the sifted flours and knead lightly to form soft dough.
To shape the tarts - Flatten a piece of dough (about 15 g) with lightly floured hand and place a piece of the prepared pineapple jam in the center, wrap and seal well. Roll the tart lightly into an oval shape and snip the surface of the pastry with a small scissors to form a spiky look. Then insert a clove into one end.
Brush the pastry with the egg wash and bake for about 20 minutes or until they are light golden in color.
Cool on the rack and place the pineapple tart in small baking cups and store in airtight cookie jar.