Authentic Pineapple Rum Tartlets

Nov 26, 2016
central NC

Pineapple was beloved by our Victorian friends and is a natural complement to meals where ham is served. So Christmas comes to mind as a holiday where these Pineapple Rum Tartlets could grace your table. These treats are a bit time consuming to make so they’re well suited to holidays and celebrations where the goal is to impress your guests!

Pineapple Rum Tartlets

Ingredients for Pâte Sucrée:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour plus extra for rolling
3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup salted butter very cold
2 large egg yolks
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for Pineapple Filling:
One pineapple cut into quarter slices
3/4 cup gold or black rum
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean sliced lengthwise
1 Tbsp salted butter

Ingredients for Pastry Cream:
3 large egg yolks
6 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
2 Tbsp reserved pineapple syrup
1 Tbsp salted butter

Ingredients for Garnish:
Whipped cream
Powdered sugar

Directions for Dough:
In a large bowl, mix together flour and sugar.

Cut butter into small pieces and add to flour mixture.

Cut butter into flour with a pastry cutter or forks until butter chunks are pea-sized.

Add in egg yolks and vanilla extract and knead with your fingers until combined. If dough is dry and crumbly, add ice water a teaspoon at a time until dough holds together when gently squeezed.

Form dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap, wax paper or freezer paper.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cut dough into 8 equal parts.

Roll each piece between two pieces wax paper or plastic wrap.

Place in tart pan and press into the bottom with sides rolling over pan edges.

Run the rolling pin over the pan to cut off excess dough.

Repeat with remaining dough.

Chill for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F

Line chilled crusts with foil (shiny side up) and fill with dried beans or rice.

Bake for 25 minutes and then remove foil and beans.

Bake for another 15-25 minutes or until crust is golden and set.

Let cool for 15 minutes and then remove crusts from tart pans.

Directions for Pineapple Filling:
In a medium saucepan combine rum, sugar, vanilla bean and butter and bring to a gentle boil.

Once the sugar has melted, poach pineapple slices in small batches for 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown but not falling apart.

Remove pineapple and place on a cooling rack placed over cookie sheet.

Once all pineapple is poached, return any liquid that has drained off the pineapple to the pan.

Reduce the poaching liquid until it is thick and syrupy and set aside.

Place pineapple in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to assemble tarts.

Directions for Pastry Cream:
In a small bowl combine egg yolks and brown sugar and whisk to combine.

In a medium sauce pan combine cornstarch, milk and heavy cream and whisk to combine.

Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle boils while whisking constantly.

Once the mixture starts to thicken, temper the eggs by adding a half cup of the milk mixture to the eggs and whisk.

Now add the egg mixture to the pot and cook until thick and smooth (while constantly whisking).

Add in reserved syrup and whisk until it incorporates.

Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.

Add butter and whisk until butter is melted and the pastry cream is glossy.

Let cool on the counter for about 20-30 minutes, whisking every few minutes to keep the custard from forming a skin.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.

Directions for Assembly:
Line each tart shell with a thin layer of pastry creme.

Fill with pineapple slices, arranging them in layers to make a flower pattern.

Add a cherry to the center and a dollop of whipped cream.

Drizzle leftover poaching syrup and pastry creme over tartlets and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Mar 18, 2015
Ellie. I do believe you have yet another award winning masterpiece. Unfortunately, I do not like heated or cooked pineapple, however, I do like it very much chilled and served with either cottage cheese or Philadelphia cream cheese. Mother would often serve pineapple cooked along with a ham. On the other hand, could I make this dessert with bananas or peaches in place of the pineapple? Thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe with all of us foodies. David.

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