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Pineapple Tarts - recipe for traditional Scottish Pineapple Tarts from Baking with Granny.
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Scottish Pineapple Tarts

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 hrs
Total Time2 hrs
Servings: 12 Tarts
Author: Baking with Granny

Ingredients

For the Pastry

  • 175 g Butter or Margarine (at room temperature)
  • 65 g Caster Sugar
  • 250 g Plain Flour

For the Jam

  • 435 g Pineapple Slices in Juice (one tin)
  • 250 g Caster Sugar

For the Cream Filling

  • 300 ml Double Cream
  • 3 tbsp Icing Sugar

For the Yellow Icing

  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Water
  • Yellow Food Colouring

Instructions

For the Pastry

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter/margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and mix to create a soft dough, using your hands to bring it together when necessary. Gently knead the dough on a clean surface to ensure it is completely combined, before wrapping the dough in cling film and placing in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up a little.
    This is a good time to prepare the Pineapple Jam (instructions below).
  • Meanwhile, pre-heat your oven to 180°c (160°c for fan assisted ovens or Gas Mark 4). After 30 minutes, remove your dough from the fridge. Grease a 12-hole cup bun tray with a little butter/margarine and set aside.
  • Roll your dough to about 5mm thick and using a round cutter which is a little bigger than the cups on your bun tray, cut 12 circles. Carefully transfer each circle to your pre-greased tray, gently ensuring no air is caught underneath each and pressing the bottom and edges into place.
  • Prick a few holes into the bottom of each pastry cup, before lining them (I used a paper cupcake case for lining) and filling with some baking beans. Bake for about 15 minutes, remove the baking beans and bake for a further 5 minutes, until the pastry cases are golden in colour. Allow to cool a little before adding the fillings.

For the Jam

  • Drain the juice from your tinned pineapple into a pan. Add the sugar to the pan. Roughly chop the pineapple slices before also adding to the pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to boil for 20-30 minutes, watching closely and stirring often. After which time it will still be slightly syrupy but the pineapple will have darkened in colour.
  • Transfer the jam to a sterilised jar (or allow to cool for a while before transferring to a saleable plastic container).
    * Please note this considered a "easy jam" recipe and won't set quite the same as shop-bought jam. And unless stored in a sterilised jar, should only be kept for a few days.
  • Allow to cool completely before using in Pineapple Tarts. Spoon a heaped teaspoon of jam into each pastry casing.

For the Cream Filling

  • In a large bowl, whisk the cream and icing sugar. If using an electric whisk, stop just before you think you have whisked enough - it's very easy to over-whisk cream with an electric whisk.
  • Transfer the cream to a piping bag with a large circular opening (or simply cut a few centimetres up a disposable piping bag) and pipe about a ping-pong ball amount of cream onto the top of each jam-filled pastry casing. Alternatively simply spoon on the cream. Place into the fridge whilst you prepare the icing.
    * It is very important to leave a little gap between the cream and pastry (enough to be able to see the jam underneath). This allow the icing to pool and not over-flow the edges.

For the Yellow Icing

  • In a bowl, mix the icing sugar with the water, adding a little at a time. You want a just pour-able consistency. Add the yellow food colouring to create your desired stage. Gel food colouring is preferable but just watch the consistency of your icing if you are using a different kind of food colouring.
  • Starting with just a teaspoon, pour a little icing on top of the cream. After it has started to run down the cream, you can see where more is required and simply pour a little more into these places.
  • Allow the icing to set before serving.