Chinese New Year is fast approaching so if there is only one cookie to bake, that cookie has to be pineapple tarts. If want to be more festive, then make these rose shaped, rose pineapple tarts (玫瑰黄梨挞/黄梨塔). These delicious, melt-in-the-mouth pineapple tarts are a favourite festive treat among Malaysians, especially significant among the Chinese during Chinese New Year as the pronunciation of pineapple (“onglai”) simply means “PROSPERITY COMING OUR WAY”.
They also have a golden finish when baked which signifies wealth and prosperity. So, it’s a MUST have in every household on this auspicious day. The rose shaped make these rose pineapple tarts a more festive popular treat for the Chinese New Year. And, they are highly addictive too!
The design of rose pineapple tarts is especially suited for the Lunar New Year, as it looks so festive and represents flower blooming amidst a happy and harmonious atmosphere during the Chinese New Year. The buttery, melt-in-the-mouth pastry enveloping the juicy pineapple jam makes these rose pineapple tarts simply irresistible. Once you have made these tarts yourself, you will definitely want to make them for every festive celebration as they are not just buttery delicious, but are extremely easy to make too.
Rose pineapple tarts are basically a rose shaped cookie with a pineapple filling in a buttery and crumbly pastry. I’m using the delicious pineapple jam that I’ve made in the previous recipe (click here for the recipe). The filling is made from fresh and juicy pineapple cooked till dry with sugar and reduced to a golden brown colour pineapple jam. The outer pastry is made by first rubbing cold butter into dry flour mixture till it resembles coarse crumbs.
Then add in the wet egg yolk mixture and mixed till a dough is formed. The crumbly pastry when baked resembles shortbread. Use a good quality butter to get a truly buttery fragrance. Then, use a cookie crimper to shape the dough balls into rose shape or any of your desired design. Glaze the finished pineapple tarts with egg wash before baking. And we’re done!