I love anything heart shapes...silly me but what to do I am born with this silly passion for heart shape things :p I have been hunting for a crunchy base crust for my pineapple tarts and after asking around, I eventually settled for Gordon Ramsay's simple shortcrust pastry and it turned out better than I thought. The most important factor is my Piggies love them. Joshua is one picky fella when it comes to cookies and pies and cakes. If he say it is GOOD...it is really good coz he is really picky - has a crunchy and biscuit-ty texture crust and this one suits him and JO ! And they are cute ..ain't they :p
I bought these cuties from Intrico and the jam filling too. They sell the best pineapple jam ...if you ask me about store bought ones...they have the best . Of course this is my opinion...they are not overly sweet and has the perfect taste for me and my family, so I don't bother to made my own , after all , every year I make about 100 pinapple tarts. That is about 500 gm of pineapple jam. This jam is not sweet and have a tangy flavor . It seems Intrico ordered them from Johor ...mmmm look at the texture of the jam and I can shaped them into heart shapes easily.
Jo helped me shape the jam into heart shaped so that it fits perfectly into my heart shape cases) If you have a helper , making this is so much easier. For 500 gm of pineapple jam, you can make 100 tarts with one recipe of short crust pastry.
This is how it looks inside ( the bottom photo ) ...the crust is biscuit-ty in texture ...love this and I shall be making this again next year. A keeper for sure . We are bored with the nastar rolls and now looking for more crunchy ones :)
Shortcrust Pastry - Gordon Ramsay
( Printable recipe )
This recipe can make about 100 pieces of pineapple tarts
1 tsp of salt
200 gm cold butter- cut into cubes
100-150ml cold water
see video clip on how to make the pastry - click here
Let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before use to get a nice crunchy crust :)
How to make the pineapple tarts
500 gm pineapple jam - either store bought or homemade
Press the shortcrust pastry dough ( the size of a mothball ) onto the heart shaped case . Shape the pineapple jam into heart shape and place on top of the heart shape dough. Baked in a preheated oven of 180C and baked for 20 -25 minutes - depends on individual oven till brown and cooked. Take out and cool on rack . When cooled , keep in air tight container .
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