Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pineapple Tart Cookies

Pineapple tart cookies for raya.
Raya or eid fitri is the celebration after Ramadan. The whole month in Ramadan Muslims around the world are fasting. Fasting in Ramadan means no eating or drinking from sunrise to sundown. Muslims are urge to pray and do good thing during this holy month. To celebrate this holy month, Muslims around the world will do an eid prayer in the morning followed by a khutbah or also known as preaching by the imam. After the prayer, the Muslims will pay their respect at the grave of their family. They will read al fatihah or surah yassin, verses from the quran as doa for their loving ones.

The tradition continue with visiting their relatives or friends and ask for forgiveness.
Most Muslims will serve varieties of food to their guests.
Among the delights served is the most popular sweet cookies. It is called the pineapple tart cookies.
Raya will not be festive without this cookies. Although almost all houses serve this traditional cookies, each cookies from each houses never have the same taste.

I have never seen or heard anyone selling pineapple tart cookies in my neighborhood.
So, every year, God willing, I will bake my own pineapple tart.
I like my pineapple tart to be sweeter. So I add sugar in my dough.

2 fresh pineapples
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 sticks of butter  or 1 lb butter
7 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons corn starch

Beat butter and sugar until smooth
Add eggs and beat until smooth
Use a spatula to mix corn starch and flour until blend
Do not over worked
Take a small amount of the batter and roll it flat on floured surface.
Use pineapple tart mould with a dent in the center to place the pineapple jam.
Bake in the oven at 350 degree F for about 15 mnutes.

To make the pineapple jam you need 1 or two fresh pineapples.
Remove the skin and cut the pineapple into 4 lengthwise.
Grate the pineapple.
Drain the access juice.

Note: I use the juice for my drink by adding diet soda and ice. It is refreshing.

In a Big pot, cook grated pineapple with 2 cups sugar.
Add a pinch of red coloring, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, a pinch of ground nutmeg and 1 tablespoon ground cloves.
Cook on medium high heat until jam is thickened.
Keep stirring so crust did not formed at the bottom.
Cool the jam before use.


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