A family gathering with all the family members is the central event of the Chinese New Year. Here, the whole family comes together for a special meal. Most of the families enjoy this reunion with traditional dishes along with a festive mood. And, one of the most famous goodie Chinese New Year is Pineapple Tarts. This dessert is cherished by people of all ages. The occasion of CNY seems incomplete without the goodies and more importantly the Pineapple tarts.
In fact, who isn’t a fan of these delicious desserts! Everyone loves Pineapple tarts and knows the best places to get them. But, how much do you know about the tart itself? Did you know that Pineapple, the fruit itself, isn’t a native plant here? How can you differentiate between well prepared and not-so-good Pineapple tart? Which one should you prefer, homemade or bulk processed Pineapple tarts? So, test yourself, how much do you know about pineapple tarts?
A Little History
It’s believed that Pineapple isn’t a native fruit of Asia. Before Columbus brought them across the Atlantic to Europe by 1493, it was unknown to the people living here. But once that happened, it was introduced to the locals by Portuguese travelers as they traveled to Asia, specifically in Malaysia. Singaporean culture is a mixture of different races. Gradually, Pineapple was cultivated in Singapore and became a cash crop for Singaporean farmers.
In Singapore, the most popular dessert pineapple made is Pineapple Tarts. Any special gathering is incomplete without this special dessert. In Chinese culture, serving people with Pineapple is like wishing them prosperity for the New Year!
What’s Inside of A Pineapple Tart?
How is a Pineapple tart made? Well, it’s mainly a dessert made of two core ingredients. Firstly, the cookie is made of butter, corn starch, and egg yolk. Then, there are fresh pineapples as the other ingredient, generally caramelized with sugar and a bit of spice to boost up the taste!
Most of the Pineapple tarts are served with a flat cookie base with a topping of pineapple jam. But, some prefer to cover the pineapple jam with a fragrant, buttery and delicious crust, made of delicious ingredients. The pineapple jam is stuffed inside in a ball-shaped cookie. So, you can enjoy pineapple tart with sweet tangy filling inside it which certainly gives a beautiful texture.
How to Look for Good Quality Pineapple Tarts?
A good pineapple tart has a perfect balance. Both the buttery, crumbly pastry and the sweet yet tangy pineapple jam needs to be present in a certain ratio. A well-baked pineapple tart looks golden brown from outside. You can even feel the crust without tasting it. The cookie itself is delicate and pillowy and the pineapple filling is sweet yet tangy, the first bite should crumble and at the same time melt in your mouth. The smooth paste then hits with a pleasant sweet sourish note to complement the buttery crust. This combination is something to die for and best to only have it when you have plenty of calories to spare!
Homemade Vs Mass-produced Pineapple Tarts
Not so long ago, almost all new year cookies were baked by hand. As the homemade Pineapple tarts are never prepared in bulk keeping the production amount in mind, it gets supreme care and often tastes better than the industrial, “machine-made” ones. No wonder, most of the people prefers homemade tarts over the other. With the availability of new, advanced technologies, many bakeries tend to start the automation. This might result in better production rates but often the quality of the product falls. As people say, these goodies start to have a “machine-like” taste. These Pineapple Tarts lack quality in various ways such as –
- Emphasis on a higher profit margin makes them use poor quality ingredients
- Artificial sweeteners take the place of real, refined sugar
- Often harmful flavoring ingredients and preservatives are used
- Stored for a long time before sold
However, there are facilities that sell fresh, delicious Pineapple Tarts. It has the same taste of a handmade item. These tarts are baked in the traditional way, by hand. Some bakeries are trying to adopt this conventional technique to produce premium quality Pineapple tarts.
Not everyone can match the taste of real, traditional, homemade Pineapple Tarts. These are made in a very limited amount with special care and premium ingredients. Each of these ingredients is collected from the very best source out there to ensure the extraordinary, unique taste. However, it’s not only the care or sourcing of ingredients, but there is also something else, heredity! The process is passed down generation after generation through family, which most commercial bakeries don’t have access to.
It’s not only the bakery, carefulness during the bake or top-quality ingredients, you need something extra, something “in person” to reach the acme of Pineapple Tarts! What’s the best Pineapple tart you’ve ever had? Let us know! 😉