KitchenTigress: January 2013

Peanut Cookies

You don't need much special equipment to make peanut cookies.

If you don't have a food processor, you can pound the peanuts with a mortar and pestle.

The ingredients are mixed together in a bowl. It's done by the time you drag your electric mixer out and set it up.

Cashew Nut Cookies

Cashew nut cookies are pretty easy going. These bite-size morsels don't mind if you put in more of this or less of that.

You can use more cashews and less flour if you like your cookies really nutty.

Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple tarts are small pieces of buttery shortcrust pastry that are filled with pineapple jam. The jam is tangy and fruity. The pastry is buttery and melt-in-the-mouth tender.

In Singapore, pineapple tarts are a must-have during Chinese New Year. They're wickedly delicious, and they're supposed to bring good luck.

Making good pineapple jam is quite straightforward. It's basically mashed pineapple cooked with sugar till thick, and flavoured with star anise, cinnamon and sometimes cloves.