pineapple tarts recipe chinese new year

[Recipe] Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts

chinese new year pineapple tarts recipeI titled this blog as “Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts” but really, there’s never a wrong time for pineapple tarts 😀 Traditionally, these tarts are made and eaten during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year. You may choose to put 1-2 star anise to give it that asian touch. I guess that’s what makes it Malaysian!

This pastry recipe is not quite the shortest short crust pastry but you are also left feeling less guilty 😉 The combination with the sweet, sticky pineapple jam with the smooth, buttery pastry is just heavenly. It really is one of those “Once you pop, you don’t stop” cases 😛 (I know you laughed!)

Get the family together and bake together! Get some flour on each other.. Get your hands dirty together in the kitchen.. Have fun! Because life is too short not to laugh till your stomach hurts everyday ❤


Before you bake…

I want you to make yourself a cup of tea or pour yourself a glass of wine, take a few deep breaths and enjoy this process. While I was baking, I was chatting with my cousin back in Malaysia and getting updates about her life in college. We got talking about stress, health and she then asked me a simple question. A question I really wanted to reply “EVERYDAY!” but I didn’t. I do live a very good life which I am eternally grateful for but it reminded me that I need to laugh more, smile more, LOVEE MORE and think way less!!! Love = Peace = Happiness

She asked me, “When was the last time you smile from your heart and laughed your ass off?”

We get so caught up in our everyday obligations and stresses so much that we cook and eat for the sake of it, not because we love to. I’m no angel, I do that too but with practice and daily positive affirmations, we can live a healthy and peaceful life 🙂 So, put on some music, get moving, dance, laugh, love life!

Recipe for pineapple jam, here

Recipe for pastry


  • 450g butter (grass fed if possible)
  • 100-150g sugar/coconut sugar/50-70g xylitol
  • 1 egg (for pastry)
  • 1 egg (for brushing)
  • 630g plain flour
  • 80g milk powder (optional, otherwise replace with flour)
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven at 180C
  2. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
  3. Add egg and beat well
  4. Fold in the sugar, salt, milk powder and plain flour to form a smooth pastry dough
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately 0.7cm thick. Cut into shapes with a biscuit cutter
  7. Brush the tarts/pastry with egg wash. On a lined baking tray, pre-bake the tarts/pastry for 10 minutes
  8. Remove the tarts/pastry from the oven. Top the tarts/pastry with some pineapple jam
  9. Bake the tarts/pastry for another 10 minutes or until cooked and golden brown
  10. Cool the tarts on a wire rack
  11. Enjoy!!


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