These cookies are a must-have during Chinese New Year! Firstly, they are auspicious cookies because pineapples in Chinese Hokkien dialect is call 'Ong Lai' and the 'Ong' means 'Prosperity', 'Lai' means 'come. In Cantonese 'Wong Lai', the 'Wong' is 'yellow' which we often associate with 'gold'. That aside, these cookies are really delicious - flaky and crumbly pastry with sweet and tangy filling...yum!
They may look ugly, but they are really good! The pastry is really good, it holds together very well but crumbles in your mouth.
Ingredients: about 68 piecesAdapted from Nasi Lemak Lover
- 1 Egg - beaten (as egg wash)Pineapple paste:
- 4 cans (452g each, 260g drained weight) pineapples , Unsweetened in Natural Juice
- 4 tbs caster sugar
- 4 tbs brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp cinnamon powderPastry:
- 50g condensed milk
- 190g unsalted butter
- 285g plain flour
- 1 egg yolk
For pineapple paste:
- Process pineapples including juices from 2 cans in a food processor.
- Pour process pineapples and cinnamon stick in a pan, simmer at medium low heat until all liquid has evaporated and until the paste turned golden brown. Remember to stir constantly to avoid burning.
- Mix in cinnamon powder.
- Add sugar to taste.
- Leave to cool and refrigerate overnight.
- Roll out pineapple paste into little balls before preparing the pastry.
- Cream butter and condensed milk untill light.
- Add in egg yolk, and beat until fluffy.
- Slowly mix in flour, beat untill a firm and non-stick dough is formed.
- Put mixture into a Nastar mould and press out into strips about 5-6cm long.
- Place pineapple jam filling on the edge of a strip and make a small elongated roll.
- Cut off excess dough, brush with egg wash.
- Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for 13-15mins or untill golden brown.
- Cool on wire racks before storing.
- Noticed I only use juices from 2 cans of pineapples, that's because the wild boar wanted to drink pineapple juice.
- I couldn't find a Nastar mould here, so I pressed out a long strip with a regular piping nozzle.
- then pass it through a pasta maker to make a flat strip.
Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!