We start with the pineapples.
Grating them can be a really daunting task because if you're not careful, you lose skin to the grater. Our grater is the heavy duty type. Huge and sturdy with really sharp edges.
We try to work fast because grating 12 whole pineapples take at least an hour or two. And extracting the pulp is merely the beginning of the jam making process.
We then go on to cook the pulp.
Standing in front of the stove and stirring constantly lest it gets burnt, until the pulp dries up into a sticky, golden jam. Which takes about two to three hours.
The heat from the stove makes this jam making process even more unpleasant than it sounds.
So adding up the hours, the jam takes around four to five hours from start to end. And we haven't even got to the tart making part yet.
The dough making is the most labour intensive part because I mix all of it by hand. I usually wake up with an aching right arm after I do this. #armsday
From butter, flour, eggs into one homogenous lump of dough.
Then roll it out and stamp the tart shells out using a mould.
While @jongsy does what she does best. Rolling the jam into role poly balls to be placed onto the unembellished tart shells.
One batch of dough takes us about an hour, and we usually do two batches at one go.
So this is what we do every year after we're done with our CNY collections on TTR.
It's a family tradition of sorts. One which I hold dear to my heart no matter how much I complain that it's too much work.
It's cute to see the entire family chipping in to help even though @jongsy and I do most of the work.
No matter how rushed our schedule is, we always squeeze time out to make bottles of these for the loved ones around us. More than 10 hours spent to make these tarts, worth it.
And the insane amount of time and effort spent is also why we sit down every year and plan meticulously how many bottles we can afford to make for our family and people close to our hearts.
Legit got namelist one please.
Right now it's 2.30am and I'm sitting in the living room waiting for my 200 tarts to be baked and cool down completely so that we can place the precious gems into the bottles. My eyelids are half open and my mind is officially asleep.
Estimated sleeping time: 4am.
One more night of 200 tarts to go.
There's also a huge possibility that we might run out of jam because we cleverly decided to be more generous with the topping this year. So. Another round of jam making too, maybe.
We can easily buy pineapple tarts elsewhere but somehow those that are sold outside don't taste anything like the ones we make every year. The smell of pineapple tarts baking in the kitchen is just extremely comforting to me, somehow. They smell of home.
Half the battle won.
WTF JUST SAW JJ LIN AT POMO. He walked right past the TTR store and into the lan shop.
Mustered our courage, walked into the lan shop to ask for a photo but his friend told us "不方便" to take photo. MEGA SAD. Why.