Singapore Pineapple Square

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Every Chinese New Year celebration I will make my usual Singapore pineapple tarts but this year, I am going to make Singapore pineapple tarts similar to Taiwanese pineapple bars which I tried last year in Thailand. From what I had tasted, it is totally different from the Singapore pineapple tart but it has a shortcake base which is a little harder pastry than Singapore pineapple tarts which has a more buttery pastry.

Singapore pineapple tarts are open face tarts whereas Taiwanese pineapple bars are made alike a gold bar. To me it is a better food symbolism to be served during Chinese New Year celebrations. So, today I am practicing how to make this cookie so that when the days are approaching Chinese New Year Day, I am really to bake them without any problems and also I can sent some of my baking to my siblings and friends too.

I am very glad that I did these as the replica of Taiwanese pineapple bars and it turned out well.

 

 

Ingredients:

Pastry:

4½ cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons dry milk powder

3 tablespoons icing powder

2 medium eggs

3 sticks salted butter

¾ tablespoon original vegetable shortening

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 8×8 inch (24 piece) Brownie Silicone Square Mold (can be purchase from Baker Store) or any metal square mold

 

Pineapple Paste:

Ingredients:

3 pineapples, skinned and core removed and grated

½ pound granulated sugar

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick, 1½″ long

 

Method:

Drain the pineapple flesh on a sieve and save aside ½ cup of pineapple juice. Use both your palms to squeeze out the juice from the pineapple pulps well. (This way we will know that we just have the exact ½ cup of juice required).In a non-stick pot add the juice, pineapple flesh, granulated sugar, cloves and cinnamon stick over a low heat and cook. Stirring occasionally for about 40-45 minutes or until the pineapple jam is sticky as glue and then set to cool. Then roll the pineapple paste into a roll ¾ inch diameter x 6inches long. Then cut according to your requirement. Set aside for later use.

 

 

Method:

In a mixing bowl with butter, vegetable shortening and icing powder and cream until light and fluffy or about 5-8 minutes. Add one egg at a time and vanilla extract and cream well. Gently fold in the dry milk powder, all-purpose flour and cornstarch and mix until it form a light dough. Cover and refrigerate for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Divide the chilled dough into 45 pieces or more (depend on the size of your pan/mold use) and then wrap the pineapple paste into a ball. Gently press each prepared ball into the square mold and making sure not to overflow to the top. Transfer to the preheated oven and baked for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from the mold/pan.

 

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