Thursday, May 11, 2017

The pineapple cakes are back!

Pineapple cakes are a tradition in Taiwan.  It is a relatively simple cake or small tart consisting of flour, butter, egg, sugar and pineapple jam or compote.   It is believed to have originated with Taiwanese wedding tradition where the wedding cake is supposed to have six flavors to accompany the six rites that are part of the ceremony.  One of the flavors was pineapple and is it supposed to symbolize that the marriage will be fruitful - lots of kids, that is.
Lovely souvenir box!!

Nicely individually wrapped and two kinds!
One of our colleagues returned from Taiwan and brought several boxes back with him for souvenirs - a very thoughtful gesture for sure.  These ones came from the award winning Shu Shi bakery which was endorsed by the former president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou. We know it is award winning because there is a card in the box that told us so!!  In addition the signature of the former president is on the package!
The pink ones are the ones that have the "cranberries"!
A little promo for their award winning cakes!
 The cakes are actually small individually wrapped tart-like cakes. The outside crust is very much like an American pie and the inside filling is more of a jam-like than fresh fruit filled. Most of the sweetness is in the jam not the crust. There were two variations in the box, the standard pineapple cake but also one that contained "cranberries" though the package called them "vine raspberries". They were both good and they went great with coffee as they do with tea which is how they are normally consumed in Taiwan!
Basic but pretty good!!

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