Saturday, March 9, 2019

Chinese/Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes






Chinese/Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes

 

 

Chinese pineapple cakes (鳳梨酥, pronounced Feng Li Su) are a famous pastry in Taiwan. Usually square-shaped, it has a buttery, shortbread-like casing with a pineapple filling similar to a very thick jam. It is often served and gifted around Lunar New Year.

Ingredients:

Pineapple Filling
·       2 (20-oz) cans crushed pineapples, drained
·       1 cup granulated sugar
·       1/2 cup corn syrup
·       1/4 cup honey
·       2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Pineapple Pastry
·       250  grams cake flour
·       60 grams icing sugar
·       1/4 cup fat free milk powder can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores and on Amazon
·       1/4 cup  custard powder
·       180  grams cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
·       2 egg yolks

Directions:

1.    In a medium, nonstick saucepan, add drained crushed pineapples. Bring to a simmer on the stove and cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until most of the excess liquid evaporates and mixture thickens.
2.    Stir in sugar, corn syrup, and honey. Cook mixture at a low simmer for about 40 minutes, until it becomes quite thick, with very little liquid. Stir occasionally. You may also want to taste it a few minutes after everything is mixed together to see if the filling is sweet enough. If not, you can add a little more sugar. Stir in the flour and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Pour filling into a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. You can leave it for several hours or even make it the day  before. You want the filling to be completely cooled when you work with it.
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