Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ultimate Melt-in-the-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Pineapple Tarts 咸蛋黄凤梨酥 that are baked with Salted Egg Yolk Butter Pastry

I called these pineapple tarts... my dreamiest 咸蛋黄凤梨酥!!! These salted egg yolk pineapple tarts with the addition of salted egg yolk are not just a little sweet and salty. They are SUPER YUM and extremely pleasurable due to its rich buttery extremely melt-in-the-mouth salted egg yolk pastry.

Salted egg yolk pineapple tarts that are made with salted egg yolk pastry? Some of you might say... Huh? Or why???

Since the day I tried my first Taiwanese style salted egg pineapple shortcake (the square enclosed type of pineapple tarts) that has both pineapple jam and salted egg filling from one of the BreadTalk bakeries in Singapore, I had this idea of baking my own salted egg yolk pineapple tarts. Instead of baking the tarts with salted egg filling, I want to bake mine with salted egg butter pastry. You know... pastry that is melt-in-the-mouth and extra fragrant with BAKED salted egg yolk taste. Oh! I would say that this is one of my dreamiest pineapple pastry that I can imagine!!! LOL!

Unfortunately, my salted egg pineapple tarts dream didn't happen for the past months and up to years as I didn't manage to bake any decent salted egg pastry tarts even after several trials and errors! It failed all the time because the salted egg pastry turn out to be too soft and often too fragile to handle. Why???

All because the ambitious me was trying to incorporate the maximum amount of salted egg yolk and the minimal amount of flour to create the most melty salted egg pastry. And obviously, pastries like these are most likely to melt in the oven before they melt in my mouth!!! LOL! Hmmm... unfortunately!

I have not given up yet...

Then finally!!! I have managed to bake these...

melt in the mouth salted egg yolk pineapple tarts
Ultimate Melt-in-the-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Pineapple Tarts 咸蛋黄凤梨酥
that are baked with Salted Egg Yolk Butter Pastry

If you examine my ultimate melty enclosed salted egg yolk pineapple tarts very closely, you will see that they are actually dome shaped, NOT perfectly rounded like balls. This is because this fully loaded salted egg pastry has lost its shape slightly after baking. And it was worse when I tried to incorporate more salted egg yolk in it.

Nevertheless, the good things about this ultimate melty pastry are 1) it is actually soft and pliable for easy shaping before baking and 2) it is actually delicately stable enough to handle even after baking. Thus, I can safely conclude that this is the maximum amount of salted egg yolk that I can incorporate into the salted egg yolk pastry.

Then, I asked myself... Should I make this pastry a little firmer? Definitely a firm NO!!! After several trial bakes and many considerations, I have decided not to make pastry with 1) less salted egg yolks or 2) more flour or 3) lower cornflour : flour ratio. Simply because these alterations will make the firmer pastry, less tasty with less salted egg yolk taste and sadly, less melty. This eventually means that the firmer tarts won't be not dreamy any more!!! See what I mean?

melt in the mouth salted egg yolk pineapple tarts
Can you see?
These tarts are dome shaped because the pastry will lose its shape slightly after baking.
melt in the mouth salted egg yolk pineapple tarts
Yet, these melt-in-the-mouth pineapple tarts are actually stable enough to handle!
This rich buttery golden brown pastry with baked salted egg yolk taste is super yum!!!
And this is why I called these my dreamiest 咸蛋黄凤梨酥!!!

You can baked these super yum salted egg yolk pineapple tarts too! Watch my video to see how I baked mine and follow my recipe accordingly... Easy!

See... I'm so nice!!! I have optimised the recipe for you so that you can bake and enjoy these super yummy salted egg yolk pineapple tarts with no worries! LOL!

Please note that the ingredients used and listed in this video are a quarter of the amount mentioned in the below recipe. And thanks Bensound for the music in my video.

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Here's the recipe.

Please use the exact weight and make sure that all ingredients are at room temperature.

Please do not use this recipe to bake open faced pineapple tarts because this dough is too soft to be rolled with a rolling pin and the baked pastry won't be sturdy enough to hold a good amount of pineapple jam filling.

Makes about 55-60 enclosed tarts

For the pastry:
200g unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
80g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
100g cooked salted duck egg yolks*
260g all purpose flour with 10% protein
80g cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

*IMPORTANT (Update on 2 Feb 2018): Many readers asked me if they can use salted egg yolk powder instead of the real salted egg yolks and my answer is YES! ... but please be aware that salted egg powder contain additives and stabilisers such as maltodextrin (a sugar additive), shortening powder, milk proteins, wheat proteins and even yeast extract wheres the salted egg yolks are simply 100% salted egg yolks!!! And of course, these unnecessary additives from the powder will make the pastry taste less "salted egg yolks" and also very less melty!!!

For the egg wash:
1 egg yolk
1 tsp milk

For the filling:
homemade pineapple jam filling, recipe and demonstrating video at here.

For the pastry:
Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and icing sugar until combined and creamy for about 1 min. Do not over-beat mixture. Add vanilla and beat until combined.

Combine salted egg yolks, flour, cornflour, baking powder and salt. Sift flour mixture into the butter mixture and use a spoon to press any large crumbs through the sieve. Discard any large particles that are trapped in the sieve.

Use a spoon or spatula to mix until all ingredients are combined. Then, use your hand to knead slightly until mixture forms a soft pliable dough. No resting or chilling is required.

Preheat oven at 320ºF or 160ºC. Line baking trays with baking papers.

To shape the enclosed pineapple tarts:
Roll pineapple filling (about 8-9g) and divided pastry dough (about 12-13g) into balls.

Flatten a piece of dough and place a piece of the roll pineapple filling in the middle. Bring the edges of the dough together and press lightly to seal. Roll it in between your palms to shape it into a ball. Decorate the pastry with a very small fondant / cookie cutter or pincher if desired.

Arrange the tarts on the prepared trays. Use a fine brush to brush the top and the side of the pastry dough with a THIN layer of egg wash. Bake for 20 mins or until tarts are light golden brown. IMPORTANT: Please ensure that the tarts are baked thoroughly in not-too-hot / mild oven temperature so that the pastry will have a delicious well-baked golden salted egg taste. Please note that the baking time may vary a little if you use make your pineapple tarts in different sizes.

Allow the tarts to cool slightly on the baking trays for about 10 mins and transfer them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 weeks depending on the type (with or without preservative, with full amount of sugar or sugar reduced) of pineapple jam that you used.

WARNING: These melt-in-the-mouth tarts are fragile!!! Please handle with care when you are storing and stacking the tarts in a cookie jar. To do that, you will need pieces of parchment / baking / non-stick paper or plastic film to be placed on top of every layer of tarts before placing the next subsequent layer of tarts on them.

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  1. Oh man Zoe, these are such a teaser. Salted egg yolk and pineapple jam at the same time, absolutely something to die for LOL
    Blessings, Kristy

  2. if im using salted egg yolk powder, how much do i use?

    1. Hi, Yes you can use 100g salted egg powder instead of the real 100g salted egg yolks but please check the content of your salted egg powder. There might be stabilizer, sugar or flour added to the egg powder that will make the pastry less melt-in-the-mouth than those that are made real salted egg yolks. Cheers!

  3. hi zoe
    if i use salted egg yolk powder,how much powder should i use?please advise

    1. Hi Elyn,

      My answer to you is the same like Gi...

      Yes you can use 100g salted egg powder instead of the real 100g salted egg yolks but please check the content of your salted egg powder. There might be stabilizer, sugar or flour added to the egg powder that will make the pastry less melt-in-the-mouth than those that are made real salted egg yolks. Cheers!

  4. Hi,Zoe,

    My dough is pretty dry. Is it bcos I used salted egg powder which is less moist

    1. Hi, Although I prefer not to use salted egg yolk powder, I don't think that it will make your dough too dry. Try kneading it a little more and let it rest at room temperature for about 15-30 mins. Cheers!

  5. Hi Zoe,
    I going to buy some salted eggs for this recipe, approximately how many do i need to achieve 100g of salted egg yolk? Over here salted eggs are sold in 4s/pkt. Thanks!

    1. Hi, depending on the size of salted egg that your place is selling, each egg salted yolk is about 12 or even up to 20g because duck eggs are usually bigger.

  6. Hi Zoe, I tried your recipe and used salted egg yolk powder which I bought in Singapore - 100gsm. However the mixture was too crumbly and will not be made into a ball. Any advice on how to overcome this issue? Many thanks I love all your recipes.

    1. Hi, Thanks for liking my recipes.

      Please read the above important point updated on 2 Feb 2018. I have said that I don't prefer to use salted egg yolk powder. If you really have to use it, please try kneading it a little more and let it rest at room temperature for about 15-30 mins. Cheers!

  7. Thanks Zoe! This recipe is awesome! My house smells like salted egg heaven! The slightly salty crust & sweet pineapple is amazing! ❤️

  8. Hi Zoe! Could you do a ondeh ondeh tart receipe. My family and I all like your receipes very much! :)

    1. Hi Charmaine, Thanks for your suggestion. Currently, I have a long list of recipes to explore but will try to bake an ondeh ondeh tart one day :)