Equipment Needed: Oven, Cook Hob, Food Processor
Time Needed: 4 hrs
✓ Gluten Free
✓ Nut Free
This buttery pastry with a sweet pineapple filling is a mainstay of almost every household’s ba bao he (eight treasure box). Pineapple sounds like the arrival of prosperity in several Chinese dialects (ong lai in Hokkien and wong lai in Cantonese).
We know you are busy, busy, busy getting your spring cleaning done and preparing for family reunions. We have based this recipe on Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour blend, which is widely available in Singapore.
4-5 medium to large ripe pineapples.
450 g Bob’s Red Mill 1-for-1 flour
1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
280 g butter cut into small pieces and frozen (if unsalted add 1 tsp of salt)
2 eggs beaten
3 tbsp ice water (plus 1 tbsp if needed)
1 egg beaten
Equipment: A food processor is recommended. If you have a Thermomix, both pineapple filling and dough can be prepared in it. The fresh pineapple can also be shredded using a grater.
Where to find supplies: Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour Blend – available at most Cold Storage and Marketplace stores, Mustafa, Phoon Huat. If you are not able to make your own pineapple filling, pre-made filling is available at Phoon Huat.