Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Date Rolls/Tarts ~ CNY 2011

Sokehah Cheah | 6:28 AM | | | |


These rolls/tarts are shaped like a pineapple but instead of pineapple paste, I put in unseeded dates, for a change.  'Wong Lai', that's Cantonese for pineapple which literally means 'luck coming' is auspicious for the coming Chinese New Year which will fall on 3rd February, Thursday, and this year is the year of the Rabbit. 

Pinch off some dough and roughly shape into a ball, flatten, place an seeded date in the centre and close up the dough.  Press the edges and shape one end tapered.  Snip with a pair of scissors on the front half of the tart.  Insert a clove  at the broad end to resemble a stalk.  Brush on egg glaze.
Baked date rolls.

Pastry is adapted from my   'Nastar'  post.

  • 350 gm plain flour
  • 50 gm cornflour
  • 130 gm butter
  • 100 gm margarine
  • 60 gm icing sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Unseeded dates
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 1  tsp vanilla essence
  • Cloves
  • Egg glaze  -  1 whole egg , 1 egg yolk + a pinch of salt
  1. Sift together the flour, salt and cornflour, set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar till light.
  3. Add in the egg yolks, one at a time.  Add in vanilla essence.
  4. Fold in sifted ingredients and mix into a firm dough.
  5. Pinch off some dough and roughly shape into a ball.
  6. Flatten the ball of dough and put in an unseeded date in the centre.  Close up the dough and press the edges together.  Using the finger and thumb, shape one end tapered.
  7. Using a pair of scissors, snip tiny 'v' shapes on the front half of the tart.  Snip in rows.
  8. Insert a clove at the broad end, to resemble a stalk.
  9. Place rolls/tarts on greased or paper lined trays.
  10. Glaze and bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg C for about 15 mins.
  11. Move to wire rack to cool.


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  1. what a creative way to upgrade pineapple tarts. Yours look so beautiful, I don't think I will ever have the patience to shape and cut them like you do. Your pastry sure looks like it's gonna melt in your mouth the moment you put them in. =)....I'd love to have one of these, haha

  2. Cheah, can order from you or not? for CNY.... :)

  3. WOW Cheah! This sounds so special and delicious. You're very creative! Send me some please ;DD

  4. beautifully done cheah!!! if its up to me to snip the spikes i think the dough would be cut into half! hehe! you are not submitting this?

  5. These look amazing! And that tart pastry looks so perfect. I always love eating these during CNY, though I like pineapple that little bit better ;). The way you shape them is fantastic though, I've never seen them quite this good!

  6. Great, Cheah, you're back already and on your CNY cookies project! Date is such a terrific sub for pineapple jam and it's not too sweet. :o) Looking forward for more. Have a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  7. Cheah,
    These look absolutely gorgeous! Another of my favorite CNY cookies! My sister in law always buy me a box every year. Since I love this so much, I should try making them myself now that I have your recipe ya? Unfortunately I just not a baker so I guess I will settle buying them again. BTW, great shots! love the photos.

  8. Wow...your pineapple tarts look really pretty. They do look like mini pineapples. Love that you use dates inside...something different.

  9. hey madam, very nicely cut and shaped! can i know the unseeded dates, are they the same as kurma dates where they sell for hari raya?

  10. Love them with dates. Something different:) btw beautiful pictures!

  11. I love dates and these look great! You really take the time to make some beautiful food.

  12. I like the shape of these tarts but too much work for me, tried making them once but ended up rolling them up into nastar after a few lol! Yours look gorgeous!

  13. dinewithleny
    Thanks, just substitute for a change.

    Not that professional to take orders :)

    Thanks. Can courier to you!

    Thanks, I like pineapple paste too, but sometimes need to experiment for a change.

    You have a great day too and I look forward to your posts too.

    j3ss kitch3n
    Oops forgot to link to your page. Just edited, will mail to you later.

    Quay po cooks
    You can shape them into something simpler.

    Thanks. The pastry with dates are also delicious.

  14. Lena
    Yes, they are, I removed the seed.

    Thank you, Elin

    A Busy Nest
    Dates are nutritious too and thanks for dropping by.

    Your round ones look nice too, more easy to make.

  15. They are beautiful Cheah, thats a great way to do date rolls!



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