Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New Year

Pineapple Tart – Enclosed – Chinese New Year


I will show you how to make pineapple tart or roll (or ball…) Anyway Singaporeans (so do Malaysian) loves to eat pineapple tart especially during Chinese New Year! And buying good pineapple tart at that period can go up to $25 SGD dollars. How expansive! Why not make yourself with those simple ingredients? I think a good pineapple tart should have a buttery salty flavor for the crust and good balanced ratio of crust to filling. I just love that this recipe gave a melt-in-effect when you bite into it. I remembered making quite a few different batches of pineapple tart and finally found the right ratio.   
If you have not tried pineapple tarts before, you should try now! Is just this good!thumbnail

Just look at those tarts. Golden rich, evenly shaped. Not to brag but it is all worth it even though I have to stand there for hours just to roll everything out with my helper in my hot kitchen. Erh…. I can ensure you that my recipe will not go wrong. This recipe was given by my mother who is an Chinese-Indonesian and she used to bake and sell those tarts at the market. My aunties were pushing me for more of these tarts. Sigh, I know they loved it but it is just so troublesome. But, I’ll still always make some for Chinese New Year because it’s special. 

Pineapple Tart (Closed)
Serves 120
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For the Pineapple tart
  1. 550 grams of plain flour
  2. 300 grams of unsalted soften butter (Please use a good brand)
  3. 2 egg yolks
  4. 1 egg white
  5. 2 tbsp of icing sugar
  6. 3/4 tsp of salt
  7. 500+ grams of pineapple filling. (amount may be differ)
For the egg wash
  1. 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon of water. (you may need more, I have used 3 egg yolks)
  1. In a large bowl, add in soften butter and icing sugar.
  2. Cream them together till light colour.
  3. Add in egg yolks and white.
  4. Mix well
  5. Add in plain flour and salt.
  6. Using your fingertips, rub the flour and batter together into a dough
  7. Continue to knead for another 30 to 60 seconds.
  8. Let it rest at least for 30 minutes.
  9. While the dough is resting, roll out pineapple filling into balls, each weigh 4 grams. (depending on the amount of filling you want, the recommended weights are 4-5 grams)
  10. After 30 minutes, roll out the dough into balls, each weigh 7 grams.
  11. Flatten the dough, put 1 pineapple filling into the centre. Wrap into a ball, and roll again to make sure there's no wrinkles. (You also want to make sure that no visible of the filling, or else it will crack)
  12. Lay parchment paper onto your baking tray, add your roll out tart onto it. Make sure to leave about 1 cm spacing.
  13. Egg wash them.
  14. Put it in your preheated 180C or 160C fan-forced oven for 19-20 minutes.
  15. Egg wash them again. Put it in your preheated oven for another 4-5 minutes.
  16. Cool them in the baking tray for 5-10 minutes, transfer into container.
  17. Continue a few batches till you have used up all the dough.
  1. In case you guys ask,"Hey, can I use a stand mixer?"
  2. Yes you can. Using the beater, a stand mixer will give you more melt to mouth effect.
  3. (In fact, it is much faster)
  4. 1. Cream softened butter and icing sugar on high till light in colour.
  5. 2. Add in eggs, beat till combine.
  6. 3. Stop and add in plain flour and salt.
  7. 4. Continue to beat on low speed it starts to form a dough.
  8. 5. Give it another good 15-20 seconds.
  9. 6. Stop, take and knead for another 10 seconds to make sure it is evenly mix.
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20 thoughts on “Pineapple Tart – Enclosed – Chinese New Year

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  2. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearMandy

    Hi. The pineapple tart that I made does not have strong buttery taste. What brand of butter are you using? Thanks!

    1. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New Yearaudrey

      Hi, can I use can pineapple as the recipe from the open tarts for the filling? And whats the best butter to use if I want it those like melt in mouth sensation?Pls advise ,thanks so much .

  3. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New Yearkxy

    Hi Zonghan
    How long can I store these cookies , due to pineapples inside. And how to store cookies longer? Thanks

  4. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New Yearkxy

    Hi again , I tried working with recipes closely , but turns out it crack and its quite whitish and dry. Pls also advise the butter u used , pineapple paste as well . Coz some places taste sour infact .Thanks

    1. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearZong Han Chua Post author

      Hi, I’m not too sure what happened. But you could increase the amount of butter slightly as the dough may be affected based on the humidity. I love Salted butter.
      As for pineapple paste, I got mine from Phoon Huat. They have the sourish version and the sweet version. Ask them to assist when getting!

  5. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearMargaret

    can I use the food processor for the dough as in your open pineapple tarts
    for the closed pineapple tarts dough

    1. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearZong Han Chua Post author

      If you mean using a food processor instead of mixing by hand, yes you can.
      If you mean replacing the recipe for another, it won’t be as good. 🙁

  6. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearIvy

    Hi zhong han how long can I keep this pineapple tarts? And what about the storing methods for these tarts? If it can only keep for a short period of time like 1 or 2 weeks what preservatives can u add and how to add. Pls help me to answer this question. Thank you very much

  7. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearCassandra Tan

    Hi ZongHan,

    May i know if i can replace the egg waah with butter? I tried out this recipe today but same like others, mine turned out cracked and abit dry.

    Is it because I used the handheld mixer to form the dough?? TQVM

    1. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearZong Han Chua Post author

      To let the gluten in the dough to relax it up and also at the same time you will realize the dough is drier and easier to roll out after resting.

  8. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearLorraine

    Hi ZhOng Han,

    As soon don’t like thick dough I made it thin could that be the reason of cracking in the surface?

    Thanks for sharing.


  9. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearZong Han Chua Post author

    Yeap! That’s the reason, no worries still. Crack can still look good and taste delicious. I use to fuss over these cracks but over the years, I realized its beauty, nobody will blame you on those cracks!

  10. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearSalam Harun

    I’ve tried this recipe but I made some adjustment. I used 250gm of salted butter and 50 gm of ghee. It turned out great!. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Pineapple Tart - Enclosed - Chinese New YearLaren Naiman

    How do you make the pineapple filling? Can you use the recipe you posted for the (opened) pineapple tarts?


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