Tips For Buying Or Making Pineapple Tarts
The pineapple tart is the hallmark goodie of the annual Chinese New Year festival in Singapore. It is one of the most must-have goodie in almost every household in Singapore. Local Singaporeans savour them for their crumbly taste of the cookie base and the sweet pineapple taste of the round jam put on top of it. When put into their mouths, these pineapple tarts also melt easily. The taste and texture of the pineapple tarts just feel so great during the Chinese New Year festival and it does bring you into the mood of festivity. But do you have any idea how to get good pineapple tarts?
Whether you are shopping around online or offline for these CNY goodies, or sourcing the raw pineapples to craft your tarts, here below are some tips you should note when buying or making them.
If you are planning to shop for the ready made pineapple tarts, you need to know where the best place to buy CNY goodies is. These places can be the bakery stores, grocery shops or even online stores. First and foremost, the one thing you should look out for is the expiry dates of the pineapple tarts. You should be able to find such dates on the packaging. Do not choose those that are within weeks of expiry. This is a clear indication if the pineapple tarts you are considering may rot soon or not.
If you plan to sample them before buying, or if you have the chance to, do look out for the crust base of the tarts. Try them to see if they are buttery and soft enough for your pleasure. And once you bite onto the pineapple tart, do feel how aromatic the flavour emanating from the pineapple juice can be.
Another detail to look out for during the trying is the balance in taste. Some pineapple tarts taste sweet, some taste sour. It is important that there must be a balance between sweetness and sourness in the taste so that they are either not too sweet or not too sour in taste. Though the pineapple filling on the crumbly base must be thick enough to feel the full taste of it.
Some of you would want to bake the pineapple tarts by yourselves. In this sense, there are ways to select the best pineapple fruits for you to craft the jam filling for the crust above. Always choose fibrous pineapples as they will help to produce jams with more consistency in texture and flavour. It is advisable to choose cheaper pineapples as the cheaper the pineapples, the less sweeter. This will make less sweet pineapple tarts for the jam will taste so.
Avoid fully ripened pineapples as half ripe pineapples tend to create better pineapple jam for the pineapple tarts for the better quality in fibre and texture. Look out for pineapples that have leaves with fresher looks. But once you bring the pineapple home, do not leave it out in the open to make them ripe naturally. Do store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before you start making the pineapple jam for the finished product.