During Chinese New year, there will always be many different pastries and treats to be enjoyed. For me, the one thing I look forward to the most would be the nice tasty pineapple tarts. Now these do come in many different varieties, with each tasting very different, be it the pastry or the pineapple filling. Here I am sharing about the 5 different ones I have had the opportunity to taste recently.
Home-made pineapple tarts:
This is the standard by which I would say the pineapple tarts should be judged – the home-made pineapple tarts. When made well, the pastry is soft, not overly moist or crumbly, the filling has all the flavours of the pineapple, is nice and moist. The filling of this one was a little tangy, so it does not taste overly sweet. Highly enjoyable. You can never just stop at one.
Mass-produced pineapple tarts:
These can be bought from the stores around Chinese New Year time. The parcels are much smaller, the pastry a little drier and more crumbly. The filling is a little tougher and less moist, but still retains the pineapple taste. Not as nice as the home-made ones, but as I like pineapple tarts, I still enjoyed these.
Pillow pineapple tarts:
These are sealed in a nice box, with two trays of pineapple tarts in each box. The tarts are long and thin. The pastry is nice and moist and not crumbly. The filling is not too dry, but does not have the same flavours and taste as the home-made ones. But still very enjoyable.
Taiwanese pineapple cake:
These are packaged as individual cakes. The pastry is a little drier and more crumbly, and also more milky in taste. The filling is much drier and tougher, and definitely lacks the fresh pineapple flavours of the others. It seems the Taiwanese pineapple tarts I have tasted are all fairly similar to this, so perhaps it is manufactured to the Taiwanese taste. I do like the other tarts more, but I would not say no to these.
Bakerzin pineapple tarts:
These are specially-made pineapple tarts which are parcelled separately. They are in the shape of gold ingots, the money which one sees used in the Chinese Kung-fu movies of old. This pineapple tart is on par with the home-made tarts, with pastry that melts in your mouth. The filling truly tastes of pineapples, is soft and moist. I have to say that this is very moreish – once you eat it, you can’t stop. Definitely not for those on a diet, or watching their weight.
I do like pineapple tarts, so it was great to have tasted all these different ones. I have to say that the Bakerzin and home-made pineapple tarts were the nicest, although the pillow pineapple tarts were very nice too. But then, I do like them all – as long as they are pineapple tarts.