Another celebration is looming....
Monday, February 8th (number eight is an auspicious number to the Chinese - it represent wealth *big grin*)...
...is the start of another New Year, Chinese New Year!
We'll be welcoming the Year of a Monkey :D
Chinese New Year (CNY) is also known as Spring Festival has more than 4000 years of history. Its just like Christmas to the Western world, where family get together, we call it "Family Re-union". It's more of a tradition than religious celebration.
The youngs will be heading home to their parents home... and there'll be lots of cooking, eating, mingling with extended family members and catching up with friends.
For children, young adults and unmarried... their pockets will be heavy with small red packets/ envelopes contains $$$.
All I could see on my newsfeed on FB ... everyone is busy baking and sharing CNY cookie recipes. Feels like I am slacking... have not even started planning yet, may be because the CNY ambience is not felt here... no CNY songs playing in the radio, not CNY tv commercial to jump start my mood 'sigh'... and no long traffic jam packed road to endure :(
There is nothing in my pantry that screams... "hey!!! Its going to be Chinese New Year soon!!!"
These lips-smacking... melt-in-the-mouth cookies were baked as Christmas gifts to my lovely neighbours.
I will do a post on what we usually feast during the first 15 days of Chinese New Year...
Promise... next post :D
Pineapple Tarts / Nastar Cookies
250g / 8.8 oz butter
40g / 1.4 oz icing sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
350 g / 12.3 oz plain flour
20 g / 0.7 oz cornflour
extra yolk for egg wash
To make Pineapple Jam - click here
- Pre-heat oven to 180C.
- Cream butter with icing sugar till creamy.
- Add vanilla paste/ essence and egg yolk.
- Whisk again to mix well.
- Add cornflour and plain flour.
- Use a spatula to mix till just combine.
- Using a nastar mould, press out the dough.
- Place pineapple jam and roll to enclose to jam.
- Brush with egg wash.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.