Guest post: Fernwehkoch shows us how to make Taiwanese Pineapple Cakelets

Ananasküchlein aus Taiwan

I am happy to announce that today I am featuring a guest blog post again. Henrik from the blog Fernweh-Koch (in German) is doing the honors. He brought along some very delicious Taiwanese pineapple cake. But let’s give the floor to him:

Ananasküchlein aus TaiwanHenrik from the blog Fernweh-Koch (in German) says:

If you have ever had the chance to visit Taiwan, I am sure you’ve encountered pineapple cakes. These small cakelets can be found in many pastry shops, supermarkets, and the like. Originally they are called 鳳梨酥 (pronounced as Fengly Su). Tourists and business men alike love to take these little square treats with them as a souvenir or gift. Normally they are sold in a pack of 9 or in the shape of a pineapple. Many times the cakes have beautiful patterns on them that are supposed to bring you luck. Pineapples are seen as a lucky charm in Taiwan. That probably explains why you can even find stuffed animals in the shape of a pineapple cake. (If you would like to learn more about Taiwan and its food, should check out my blog entry here: https://www.fernweh-koch.de/taiwan/ (in German).

When I lived in Taiwan several years ago, I often treated myself to these pinapple cakes and would take a 9 pack with me. Now back in Germany, I wanted to try making them myself even though I am not a big baker. Thank God I am still in contact with people in Taiwan and got hold of a recipe 😉.

I decided to make a simpler version of the original. Did you know that the original recipe contains melon or pumpkin? I also decided to simply use a muffin tin instead of the traditional square tin. But if you ask me, my version is just as good as the original, regardless that they are not square.

I hope you have as much fun making them! 😊

Ananasküchlein aus TaiwanCredit: As created by Fernweh-Koch (in German)

Pineapple Cakelets

Print Recipe
Serves: 9 pineapple cakelets Cooking Time: 30min preparation + 15min of baking

Ingredients

  • Pineapple sauce
  • About 450 grams of cubed pineapples
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 100 grams of brown sugar

  • Dough
  • 250 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 125 grams of soft butter
  • 75 grams of icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

1

For the filling drain pineapple pieces, it's OK if they are mashed a little.

2

Bring to boil in a large pot with honey and sugar and let simmer for about 20min or until soft. Puree and let cool.

3

For the dough mix butter with sugar, egg, and baking powder until combined, then add flour until you can form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30min in the fridge.

4

Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius, line a muffin form with paper liners. As this only makes 9, only line 9.

5

Cut dough into nine equal pieces, roll out each piece into a circle. Place some of the pineapple sauce on top and close with dough. Roll into balls and place into muffin tin.

6

Bake for about 10-15min or until golden. Take out and let cool.

About Fernweh-Koch:

Henrik’s blog is all about travelling and food. He will introduce you to the big world in small portions, giving tips for travel destinations, where to eat and introducing you to recipes from all over the world, which you can make at your convenience at home.

Henrik’s vision is to share cultures and foods in order to support social projects.

Feel free to check out his blog here https://www.fernweh-koch.de (in German)

taiwanesische AnanasküchleinThank you, Hendrik, for this wonderful recipe! I will have to try it soon!

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