Friday, 30 January 2015


Wow...................I've been absent too long!!!
Chinese New Year is just round the corner.  This year, I'm not selling any cookies, so am sharing my pineapple jam tarts recipe in case you would like to bake some for your family and friends.

They will look great if I had added red bows and also pink nose.


220 g butter
30 g icing sugar (sifted)
1 egg size B (I used grade A yolk + half the egg white)
1 tsp vanilla essence
300 g flour
40 g milk powder
20 g custard powder

Adequate pineapple jam (approximately 260g) - make into 42 - 6 g balls. 
Pineapple jam recipe.

  1. Sift all the dry ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and icing sugar.
  3. Add in the egg and essence, mix well.
  4. Finally, add all the dry ingredients and mix till combine.
  5. Gently knead till the dough form a ball and does not stick to fingers.
  6. Divide dough into 42 - 15 g balls. Reserve some dough for the eyes.
  7. Take a ball of dough and flatten it, put a pineapple jam ball in the middle and wrap it.
  8. Gently roll into a smooth ball.  Place into the cookie cutter. Push the dough in with its' embosser.
  9. Remove carefully and place on baking tray. Repeat till all dough is used up.
  10. Bake at 150 degree for 20 - 25 mins or till slightly brown.
  11. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in air-tight containers.
**Remember to lightly dust the cutter and embosser with flour.

To make the "Hello Kitty's" eyes, nose and bow with dough:
  • For the eyes, mix some bamboo charcoal powder with a small ball of dough.  Knead till well combine.  Make into tiny balls and insert into the eyes.
  • For the nose, color a small ball of dough pink.  Roll into tiny balls and insert into the nose.
  • For the bow, color a small amount of dough red.  Roll out to 1/4" thick. Cut 2 small heart shape and place on the head. Place a tiny ball in the centre and flatten it slightly. Or buy some heart shaped sugar decoration and place on the head with some egg white as glue.
OR decorate with chocolate.  The doggies would look great with brown ears!!!

Be creative...........they can be in the shape of sheep, bears, pineapples, tangerine & etc....

Please share your creations with me!!

My "sunflower" pineapple jam tarts.

Happy baking and Happy Chinese New Year!!


I have not baked pineapple jam tarts for ages, just because I don't like to make the jam. When I found ready made jam at the cake ingredients shop, I immediately grabed a pack and made my favourite "sunflower" pineapple jam tarts. Last year, I baked for sale in the shape of bunnies. They were super cute. And the latest is Hello Kitty & Doggy.

Here's the recipe for pineapple jam for those who would like to make from scratch or can't find ready made jam.

2 cups of grated pineapple (drain the juice but don't squeeze)
1 - 1 1/2 cups sugar
1 small piece of cinnamon stick (you may add more depending on taste bud)
a few star anise and cloves (optional)
Juice from 1 lemon

Put the grated pineapple, pineapple juice, lemon juice, cinnamon and star anise into a big pot. Bring to a boil at medium heat until most of liquid has reduced. Stir constantly to avoid burning.
Reduce heat and add the sugar. Cook till thickened and sticky.
Cool completely before use.

Now, for those who can't find fresh pineapple......or do not want to peel the pineapples.

2 cans (410 g) pineapple cubes
100 g castor sugar
1 small piece of cinnamon stick.