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Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts/Shortcakes

Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts


Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts/Shortcakes Recipe

2 stick butters (1 stick of butter = 113 grams)
1/2 Tbsps shortening
2 Tbsp icing Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pineapple essence (optional)
3 cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tbsps Milk Powder
2 Tbsp Cornflour


Cream butter, shortening and icing sugar till light and fluffy for around 8 minutes.

Add in egg and essence if using.

Fold in all purpose flour, cornflour and milk powder. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Divide dough into 30 pcs and wrap with the pineapple filling.

Press it onto the square mould and bake it at 170 celcius for 15 – 20 minutes and turn it around to bake for another 15 minutes or till brown.

Pineapple Paste

(adapted from


12 oz. (weight) peeled, cored, diced pineapple (from 1 pineapple)
1 pound 4 ounces of peeled, seeded, diced winter melon (from about 2½ pounds winter melon wedges)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup maltose syrup


Place the pineapple in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until pureed, stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally, 18 to 20 pulses. Pour into a Dutch oven.

Place the winter melon in the food processor and pulse until very finely shredded, 20 to 22 pulses. Transfer to the Dutch oven.

Cook the combined mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the winter melon begins turning translucent, about 20 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the sugar, and cook until the mixture has thickened, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the maltose syrup and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick, sticky, and uniformly light amber in color, 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a shallow bowl and refrigerate until cool. Divide into 1 Tsp each.

Cook’s Note:

You can also buy the ready made paste from baking supply shop around Taiwan.

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29 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Linda Martin via Facebook

    Are they easier than the traditional Nyonya pineapple tarts? Do they still have the sweet/salt taste?

  2. Linda Martin via Facebook

    One more question, what is maltose syrup. I live in a small town in Perak, Malaysia, so I hope it’s not something that’s tricky to buy.

  3. Members

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  4. jguan


    I love these little treats too and I’m thrilled you posted a recipe! I live in an area where I don’t have access to winter melon. I did some research and it seems like I can substitute it for zucchini? Someone even mentioned using the white part of a watermelon! Apparently once boiled you hardly will notice a difference. What are your thoughts and ideas?

    Thanks so much!

  5. Linda

    Hi! What type of Milk Powder should I use? Brands like Anlene, can it be used? And if I can’t find maltose syrup, could I substitute it with corn syrup?

    Many thanks!

  6. I’ve been eating this for ages not knowing it’s actually Taiwanese style! I actually love any kind of pineapple tart, as long as the pastry is meltingly tender and the filling still has bits of crunchy pineapply bits in it. Recently I was given a pack of Taiwanese style pineapple tarts and they were really innovative. There were 4 flavours: Pinenuts, coconit, sesame seed & plain. Surprising how well all these components went with the pineapple paste. I might attempt your pastry recipe :-)

  7. I’m quite crazy over Taiwanese pineapple cakes and will buy back boxes of my favourite brand after every trip. Kudos for re-creating them so beautifully in your kitchen!

  8. My parents went to Taiwan recently and they bought me a bunch of the pineapple shortcakes. They are so delightful, especially after reheating in the oven for 10 minutes. Since I can’t always get my hands on these goodies, I gotta try this recipe one day.

  9. treefrog

    Wow, thanks for clearing that up! I’ve had some excellent Taiwanese pineapple cakes that were given to me by friends, they were very pineapple-y in flavor with buttery crusts. I’ve tried to buy various brands from Asian grocers in the US and there’s not much pineapple in them! I’ve been so disappointed to see the second ingredient in the pineapple paste filling was usually wax gourd. I thought I’d been ripped off! Now I know that is a style, I guess I will have to go back to making my own tat nenas….

  10. Susan

    These look fabulous. Question: if I can’t find winter melon locally, could I make the filling all pineapple? Would that be wrong?

  11. Serene

    Hi Rasa Malaysia,

    Thanks for sharing this! They look amazing. Just wondering about the recipe – what kind fof shortening and milk powder do you use? Do you use butter or vegetable shortening? And for milk powder – do you use baby’s formula? Thanks a lot.

  12. Benjamin887

    Hello! I would like to make these Taiwanese shortcakes very soon. If I make them one month in advance (one month before Chinese New Year) and put them in the freezer, will they be good to eat again? If so, how long will I have to defrost them?
    Thank you!

  13. Benjamin887

    Hello! I would like to make these one month before Chinese New Year. I Wonder if I can cook them and freeze them to store them longer. Will they keep their nice texture and their nice taste?
    Thank you very much and great recipes!

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