Taiwanese Pineapple Cake or Feng Li Su 鳳梨酥, is a famous dessert pastry from Taiwan that everyone loves to eat. Surrounded by a buttery shortbread like crust and filled with some delicious and sweet pineapple jam, this pineapple cake is a dessert to die for. Usually served with tea, it is a dessert that can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year.
Taiwanese Pineapple Cake
If you ever decide to visit the country of Taiwan, you’ll come to notice that everywhere you visit, you’ll most likely find some shops, vendors, restaurants and more selling a delicious treat called a “Taiwanese Pineapple Cake”.
This tasty treat is one of the most popular items ever found here in this country. In fact, you can find many people often buying these pastries during special occasions or holidays throughout the year.
Every time my family and I return from a trip to Taiwan, we always have to buy boxes and boxes of Pineapple Cakes to bring back home. This is because we want to give these as gifts to all our friends back here in the country.
Although in all honesty, we typically buy a few boxes extra just so that we can have it all to ourselves. After all, these tastes so amazingly good, especially if you eat it during tea time, oh my…the entire experience feels so heavenly.
Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll know that traveling to Taiwan just to get your hands on these cakes can be quite costly. Surprisingly enough however, you don’t have to travel to Taiwan all the time if you are wanting to eat some of these amazing pineapple cakes.
In fact, these Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes are really simple and easy to make. The ingredients are all fairly cheap to buy and you can make as many as you want in a short amount of time. Plus, you’ll get a chance to use real pineapples to make these as well.
It’s truly a delightful experience!
So if you want to learn how to make these delicious cakes, then keep on reading!
What Is Taiwanese Pineapple Cake
What is a Taiwanese Pineapple Cake you might ask?
Well Taiwanese Pineapple Cake can also be called Feng Li Su or 鳳梨酥. Some may even calle it a Taiwanese Pineapple Tart and more.
But it all refers to a special pastry that hails from the country of Taiwan.
It’s a really delicious pastry where you have a soft and buttery shortbread crust, then filled with a sweet and tangy pineapple jam that is beloved by everyone who tries it. In fact, it is so popular that Taiwan even has an annual festival called the “Taipei Pineapple Cake Cultural Festival” for people to enjoy.
Now if you were to go to Taiwan, you’ll find this pastry being sold all over the countries. Whether it be in malls or street vendors or maybe even local cafes or restaurants, there is no doubt this is one of the most popular things you can find in Taiwan.
I guarantee, once you try this pastry, you will be hooked for life! It is that delicious!
Winter Melon or Pineapple?
Did you know that in some shops or vendors in Taiwan will use Winter Melon (Wax Gourd) to make these cakes?
Now traditionally, these pineapple cakes have all been using real pineapples to make the delicious filling. However in recent times, some companies have decided to replace the pineapple with winter melon because it is a much cheaper ingredient.
Typically these companies will use winter melon as the main filling and then add in some essence of pineapple to make it taste like real pineapple. However this isn’t really the most authentic experience.
Using real pineapples will always produce a more flavorful and tastier treat which everyone seems to love. Now if you want to use winter melon, you can do so also, but just know that it won’t really be as authentic.
If you’re able to, definitely use pineapples as that will produce the best results.
Why This Recipe Works?
- Shortbread crust provides a buttery and soft texture that is beloved by everyone who tries it.
- Pineapple jam has been cooked to perfection and provides that nice sweet and subtle flavor which pairs perfectly well with the crust.
- Extremely simple to make and only takes about an hour of your time before you can start eating this delicious goodness.
Ingredients To Make Taiwanese Pineapple Cake
The ingredients you’ll need to make Taiwanese Pineapple Cake / Feng Li Su / 鳳梨酥 are all extremely simple to find. Basically any of the local supermarkets will carry these items.
You’ll need the following:
Ingredients for Filling:
- Pineapple – 1 Medium Pineapple
- Brown Sugar – 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- Lemon Juice – 1 Teaspoon
- Salt – Just a pinch
Ingredients for Shortbread Dough:
- Unsalted Butter – 1 1/2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
- Salt – 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- Powdered Sugar – 1/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- Baking Powder – 1 Teaspoon
- Dry Powdered Milk – 4 Tablespoon of Dry Powdered Milk
- Egg – 1 Egg
- Cake Flour – 2 Cup of Cake Flour + 2 to 3 Tablespoon Extra
- Condensed Milk – 2 Tablespoon
How To Make Taiwanese Pineapple Cake
Making the Taiwanese Pineapple Cake / Feng Li Su / 鳳梨酥 is also an extremely simple and easy thing to do.
Basically the process to make it is as followed:
Making The Filling
First thing you’ll want to do is to prep your pineapple. Cut the pineapple into tiny chunks and place them into a bowl.
Then using a food processor, gently chop the pineapple into a puree type of texture.
Then pour the chopped pineapples into a cheese cloth.
Then using the cheese cloth, squeeze out all of the juice from the pineapples into a bowl. Make sure you got out all the moisture from the pineapples.
(Note: you do not need the pineapple juice for the rest of the recipe, so you can do with it however you please.)
Then grab a pot and put it over the stove on medium heat. Pour in your chopped pineapples, brown sugar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Stir things around and let it cook for about 10 minutes or so.
What you’re looking for is your pineapples to be transformed into a jam like texture.
Once it reaches the desired consistency, turn off the heat. Transfer the pineapple jam into a bowl and set it inside the fridge to cool down.
Now to make your shortbread dough.
Making The Shortbread Dough
Grab a large mixing bowl, and add in your unsalted butter and powdered sugar. Mix it together until it is fully incorporated with each other.
Then add in your egg, powdered milk, baking powder and salt. Then continue to mix things together until everything is incorporated.
Now, continue to mix things again while slowly adding in your cake flour. Once everything is mixed completely, you should have some sort of dough starting to form.
On a work surface, lightly dust it with some flour. Then transfer your dough onto the work surface.
Roll the dough out into a long log shape and then using a knife, cut it in half.
Take one half of the section and roll it into a longer log shaped dough. Then cut it into 10 equal sections.
Now repeat this process with the other half of your log shaped dough.
You should have a total of 20 dough sections to use.
Now it’s time to make your pineapple cakes.
Making The Taiwanese Pineapple Cake
Using one small dough section at a time, flatten it out until it is about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
Grab your pineapple jam bowl from the fridge, and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of jam. Place the jam in the middle of the flatted out dough.
Then start sealing the dough together by grabbing the sides and folding them over each other.
After that, slowly roll the dough into a smooth ball shape. This is basically your pineapple cake! Now you just have to mold it.
Grab a baking tray and line it with some parchment paper. Then place your square molds onto the parchment paper.
Grab the pineapple dough ball you just made and put it inside the mold. Gently press down onto the dough until it fits nicely inside the mold.
(Note: make sure the dough is lower than the top of the frame of the square molds. This is because during the cooking process, the dough will expand a bit. So you want to give it room to expand.)
Repeat the steps with the rest of your dough and jam until you have made a total of 20 pineapple cakes.
Preheat the oven to about 330°F and wait for it to get hot enough. Once it is ready, place your baking tray with the pineapple cakes inside to bake for about 13 to 15 minutes.
Once time is up, take out the tray and flip the pineapple cakes over. Then place the tray back into the oven so they can cook on the other side. Let it cook for another 10 minutes and then they are done.
Turn off the oven and take out the tray. Let the pineapple cakes cool down for a bit and then remove them from the molds.
How To Store/Keep For Future Eating
Taiwanese Pineapple Cake / Feng Li Su / 鳳梨酥 are some of the most easiest things to store for future eating.
In fact, after they are made, you can simply store them in the fridge inside of an air-tight container where they should be good for up to 5 days.
Typically, once you refrigerate these pastries, you do not need to re-heat them. All you do is leave it out in a room temperature setting for awhile before you can start munching on them.
As for freezing, I wouldn’t recommend freezing the pineapple cakes after they are made. But if you want to freeze them, freeze them before you actually make the pineapple cakes.
By this, I mean you can freeze the jam and pastry separately. Then when you are ready to make the pastry, simply take them out and wait for them to get to room temperature and start using them.
FAQS About This Recipe
Taiwanese Pineapple Cake consists of a buttery and soft shortbread crust with a filling that is a sweet pineapple jam.
The entire time it takes to make a Taiwanese Pineapple Cake is around an hour.
Typically to make Taiwanese Pineapple Cake, you’ll need to use pineapples. Doesn’t really matter what kind of pineapple you use, it just has to be sweet. Although if you can’t find real pineapples, then you can use canned pineapples as well.
At around 330°F, you’ll want to bake your cakes for 15 to 20 minutes. Then flip the cakes around and bake for another 15 minutes until they are done.
Tips For Making The Best Taiwanese Pineapple Cake
- Try to use a pineapple that is sweet in taste, this way the end result will be much more delicious.
- If you can’t find fresh pineapples around you, canned crush pineapples will work just fine as well.
- Make sure not to overcook the pineapple cakes or they’ll have a weird taste to them.
Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Recipe ( Feng Li Su 鳳梨酥)
Ingredients For Filling
- 1 Pineapple Medium Size
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- Salt Just a pinch
Ingredients For Shortbread Dough
- 1 1/2 Stick Unsalted butter
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 4 Tablespoon Dry Powdered Milk
- 1 Egg
- 2 Cup Cake Flour Plus an additional 3 to 4 Tablespoons of Extra Cake Flour
- 2 Tablespoon Condensed Milk
Making The Filling
- First you want to prep the pineapple. Grab a cutting board and chop your pineapple up into tiny chunks. Then grab a food processor and use the chop setting to chop the pineapples into a puree type of texture.
- Then using a cheese cloth, squeeze out all of the moisture and water from the pineapple puree. You want it to be as dry as possible.Note: We won't be needing the pineapple juice, so you can do whatever you want with it.
- Grab a pot and put it over the stove on medium heat. Then pour in your chopped pineapple pieces, brown sugar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Stir it around and cook for about 10 minutes or until the entire thing turns into a jam like consistency.Then turn off the heat and transfer the jam into a bowl. Then place it inside of the fridge to cool down until you are ready to use it.
Making The Shortbread Dough
- Grab a large mixing bowl and add in your unsalted butter and powdered sugar. Mix it together until it is fully incorporated with each other. Then add in your egg, powdered milk, baking powder and salt. Then continue to mix things together until its all incorporated with each other.Now, continue to mix it while slowly pouring in your cake flour. Once everything is nicely mixed, you should have some sort of dough that is starting to form.
- Lightly dust your work surface with some flour. Then transfer your dough onto the work surface.Roll the dough out into a long log shape and then using a knife, cut it in half.Take one half of the dough section and roll it into a longer log shape dough. Cut that log into 10 equal pieces.Repeat this step with the other half of the dough. You should have a total of 20 dough pieces to use.
Making The Pineapple Cakes
- Take one of the dough sections and flatten it out with either a rolling pin or your hand. The size should be about 3 inches in diameter.
- Take your pineapple jam bowl out from the fridge. Grab your bowl with the pineapple jam and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of pineapple jam. Put the jam onto the middle of the flattened dough.Using your hands, seal together the dough until the jam is fully sealed inside. Then roll it into a ball shape. This is basically your pineapple cake.
- Grab a baking tray and line it with some parchment paper. Then place your square molds on top of the parchment paper.Take your pineapple cake ball that you just made and push it into the mold. Use your hand to gently press down on the dough so that it should be slightly lower than the frame of the mold.
- Repeat the entire process until you have used up all of your pineapple jam and dough and have put all of your pineapple doughs into their mold.
- Pre-heat the oven to about 330 Degrees F.Once it's ready, place your baking tray with the pineapple molds into the oven. Let it bake for about 12 to 15 minutes.Once time is up, take out the tray and flip over the pineapple cakes. Then put the tray back into the oven so that it can cook the other side of the cakes. Let it cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- Once time is up, turn off the heat.Remove the tray from the oven and set it aside to cool down.Remove the molds from the pineapple cakes.Serve immediately!
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