Posted on | February 3, 2013 | No Comments
In Hokkien language dialect, the word pineapple resembles the word for prosperity, therefore you can see how auspicious these pastries are to eat at Chinese New Year. Pineapple Tarts come in many shapes and forms – from the traditional round pastry bottom and lump of pineapple on top; or round pastry balls with pineapple on the inside; to even being made into shapes of gold bars to bring even more good luck and money into the coming New Year.
One thing all pineapple tarts have in common is that the pastry / dough is buttery and crumbly and the pineapple jam is firm, sweet and somewhat tart.
Nutrition in Pineapple Tarts: 1 Tart (20g)
- Energy: 74 calories
- Protein: 1 g
- Carbs: 15 g
- Fat: 4 g
These little snacks are so ‘moresome’ when eaten… it’s impossible to stop at one. And they seem so small to really make a difference to your daily calorie intake. But when you consider that 1 small tart has 74 calories, it’s important to remember what’s used to make them. The jam is filled with fruit (pineapple) and sugar which contributes to the carbohydrate content and the pastry dough is made from butter. When you multiply 74 calories by how many you consume… the total easily makes it into the high hundreds quite fast.
I think it’s better to stick to the original form of pineapple instead of inside a tart. Luckily they are only a once in a while treat.
For more Singapore nutrition and health information: www.healthguru.sg