I grew up eating egg tarts. Not the Portuguese or Macau egg tarts – those only became popular when I was an adult. The kind that kids loved then in the 80s and before were the soft sweet crusted Hong Kong style egg tarts that are always sold in our local bakeries.
Recently because of the lockdowns everywhere, my friends who are also all over the world now have been baking this piece of nostalgia. And even though I can easily get my egg tarts here, I decided to make my own and boy was I glad I tried making my own! Nothing beats freshly baked egg tarts straight out of the oven.
There are many recipes out there on the Internet. But this one that I eventually decided to follow is simple. The only downside to this is that it is a tad too sweet but luckily for me I didn’t allow the sugar to melt completely into the water so the sweetness was just right. What I liked about this recipe is that the dough is really flaky and buttery.
Every Chinese New Year or Hari Raya (Eid ul Fitr) will never be complete without families making and eating these delicious buttery sweet and sour pineapple tarts. And being in a beautiful multi-racial country, I get to enjoy everyone’s festivities many times over. ☺️
Earlier in the year before COVID-19 interrupted our lives, I already received a bottle of pineapple tarts from the office management for Chinese New Year. Now, with the Circuit Breaker in place and Hari Raya round the corner, I decided to finally conquer my fears and make my mother’s pineapple tart recipe.
It’s a daunting task. You definitely need helpers at hand. However, you can halve the recipe or even quarter it and make a small batch. Here is the original recipe:
For the tart pastry:
1. 500g butter (use the best you have. I used French butter and I think that made all the difference)
2. 3 whole eggs (some people use 2 yolks and 1egg but that will result in a delicious but crumbly pastry. Delicious I know but difficult to handle)
3. 900g plain all-purpose flour
4. 1/4 tsp of yellow colouring. You can omit this.
For the pineapple filling: I cheated. I used a store bought ready made filling but added one pineapple of my own. To make your filling from scratch, you need to grate 2-3 fresh pineapples, and then cook it down on a Low flame till it becomes jelly like. Add sugar. You’ll know when it’s ready when all the liquid has evaporated and you can form balls from the pineapple.
And then the rest is easy. Laborious work but easy.
First step is to make the dough. Using a mixer is easiest but you can certainly make this using just a wooden spoon, and a lot of muscle power.
Once the dough is rested, it’ll be easy to roll. If you can’t roll it, just use your cleaned palms and pat down as much as you can’t and then, using a tart cookie mould, cut the shape.
Is this a bread or is it cake? Just now I baked a loaf of this cake bread thing following the above tasty recipe. Except I didn’t have chocolate chips (the entire freaking island is baking during this CB lockdown!) and all I had were some chocolate buttons. So I used that instead.
I must say I like this recipe. It’s easy to make. You don’t need any machine. Just a bowl and a spatula.
My cake bread top cracked a lot! I don’t know the reason for this but all I know is never to judge a book by its cover. This tasted very good despite its ugly countenance.
Except that since we’re on lockdown (Circuit Breaker) here, I didn’t have buttermilk. So I substituted with milk plus lemon juice and let the mixture sit. It worked! And I didn’t want to waste the only packet of whipping cream I have in the freezer (I intend to save that for tiramisu) so I served these scones (they are scones essentially ya) with clotted cream and Korean strawberries that had been macerated in 1tbsp of sugar.
A few years back, I made ondeh-ondeh and I believe I had the experience posted in this blog. Fast forward a few years later and the traditional ondeh-ondeh has seen a revival of sorts in the form of a cake! Talk about fusing East and West. But for all the fusion fuss I must say the ondeh-ondeh cake is a winner and here to last. There are many bakeries selling this flavour now and it seems to be a mainstay, no flings here!
So yesterday I bought Butter Studio’s cupcakes. Two were the ondeh-ondeh flavoured ones. I must say they were not too bad but I still have to find my favourite. Then again, I could just eat the actual real ondeh-ondeh that would hit the spot, ya. Ah, well.