GONG XI FAI CHAI
Chinese New year is fast approaching. Everyone is eagarly waiting to celebrate and receive the year of rat. Chinatown is busy with people thronging to shop for their favourities. When i was shopping with my friend dhanam, we came across the pineapple tarts, one of the favourite cookies during this new year time. A small bottle costed an exorbitant prize, so we decided to bake it ourself. After sending our children to school we did the pineapple jam on one day and baking tarts the next day. I bet one needs a lot of patience and time to do this.
The following recipe was given to me by my friend Dhanam.
Pineapple - 3nos
Sugar - 600gms
Cloves - 3nos
Cinnamon stick - 1big
1. In a heated kadai, add all the above ingredients and cook till there is no water. It is better to use a kadai with lid, so that you can avoid the jam spilling all over. (I used a rice cooker and when it came to keep warm, i transfered to a kadai and stirred for some more time till the jam came to one big mass). Doing this way made my job easier.
TO MAKE TARTS
Plain flour - 800gms
Butter - 500gms
Evaporated Milk - 1/4cup or Egg white - 1no
Sugar - 3tsp
Vanilla essence - 2tsp
1. Mix all the above ingredients and make a dough.
2. Place it on a flat place and roll out thick. Use a tart cutter and make shapes. Place the pineapple jam in the center depression.
3. Preheat the oven at 180deg. C and bake the tarts made for 15min in electric oven and 4-5min in gas oven.
4. Remove and allow it to cool. Pack it in airtight cookie jars.