Chinese New Year ushers in the second biggest festive season for my family. 15 days of crazy relatives, manic chaos and boundless indulgence to be precise. Perhaps my favourite of these are my mum’s homemade pineapple tarts, little golden treats of pure heaven!
Exceptionally time consuming and readily available in most Asian stores, making them at home and possibly by hand has become quite a rare art. A buttery shortbread dough is individually cut with a cookie cutter, pressed with a traditional mould, topped with a caramelised pineapple jam and baked to golden perfection. Deliciously insatiable, my mum has resulted to hiding boxes of them around the house in the desperate hope that there just might be some left for the big day!