Taiwanese pineapple shortcakes ( pastry )
So , how do you like my pineapple shortcakes ?
Pretty shapes , don't you think ?
I couldn't help but grin when I finished baking these ....
Never thought that it would look a bit like the ones being sold here ....
Though shops here don't sell flower-shaped or heart-shaped pineapple cakes hee hee
Now , don't mind the patchy spot on that square one , actually that's the bottom part ^___^ ''
The Taiwanese pineapple cake version don't use egg wash . I want to see how it would turn out so I uses some and planned to brush half of the top only but got carried away :P The bottom part though patchy is what I like most .
That said , the recipe that I used is really spot on , er according to my taste buds , except on that tiny or maybe I should say big problem ...
Good thing that the computer is on while I was mixing the dough ....
I immediately lurked at Zoe's blog to check her pineapple cakes comparison chart to see why my dough is still dry after rubbing together all ingredients .....
Maybe the publisher had overlooked one ingredient ? I've never encountered pastry without any liquid yet heh ! So , based from Zoe's , I added 13 grams of egg yolks to the mixture and yup ! hello , soft dough lol
The dough is very easy to handle or maybe because the temperature was 17°C when I made it ....
I've eaten pineapple cakes that are made in Taiwan before and the local bakery here , Kee Wah sells pineapple cakes ( HK $ 6.50 each ) all-year round so I usually buy one or two whenever I feel like eating it ....
I love the rich , buttery and crumbly texture . It smells like the one from Kee Wah .....
It's homemade , cheap , simple , really easy and fast to make ( the dough not the filling ) and most of all tastes fantastic !
But don't take my word for it , you gonna bake it yourself to find out ....
Zoe , you really need to try this recipe ! ^__^
Recipe clipping from one of the free dailies here
190 grams ready-made or ***homemade pineapple filling
125 grams cake flour
30 grams icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk powder
15 grams custard powder
90 grams frozen salted butter , cut into small pieces
* Preheat oven at 200° ( I baked mine at 180°C all the way through )
* Divide pineapple filling into eight portions ans shape into balls ; set aside .
* Sift the cake flour , icing sugar , milk powder and custard powder into a medium bowl .
* Add butter into the flour mixture and rub with fingertips until mixture resembles bread crumbs , tip it in into a clean surface and knead to form a soft dough . Divide into 8 pieces .
* Fill each dough with the pineapple filling , shape into a ball , make sure that the filling is well-wrapped . Put into a pineapple pastry mould ; press with palm from top , turn it over and press the other side . Put on the baking sheet with parchment paper .
* Bake in a preheated over at 180°C ( don't know if temperature needs turning down ) for about 25 minutes or until golden brown . Flip once during baking . Set in a wire rack to cool before unmolding .
***For the pineapple filling , recipe idea stolen from Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover and from Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY
830 grams ( peeled weight ) pineapple , sliced
150 grams sugar
* Pureé pineapple slices in the food processor until smooth . Pour into a wok or a large pan and cook over medium low heat , stirring from time to time , the mixture will splatter so better watch yourself . Add sugar when mixture is a little bit dry and continue to cook for about an hour or until thick . Transfer to a heatproof container to cool before using .
I've used cookie moulds in this recipe , the square one measures 4 by 2 cm and both flower and heart shape , a bit smaller .
The weight of dough is 295 grams , I divided it into 10 portion ; the filling , some are 20 grams and some are about 18 grams .
I'm submitting this post to the following blog hop events :
Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover
Little Thumbs up , Pineapple is the theme this month hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY