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Pineapple Jam Squares Recipe | Daily Cooking Quest

Most Indonesians prepare nastar (pineapple tarts) for festive occasions, such as Chinese New Year, Christmas, or Idul Fitri. They are delicious, but can be time consuming to make. I only make nastar once a year, and for any other day when I need a quick nastar fix, I make this pineapple jam squares instead. They are just as delicious, but come together very easily and quickly.

Pineapple Jam Squares

Homemade pineapple jam

I prefer making my own pineapple jam because I can control the sweetness, and also because I like infusing the jam with cinnamon and cloves. If you have favorite pineapple jam recipe for making nastar, feel free to use that, but do stop the cooking process while the jam is still quite spreadable.

Unlike nastar, the pineapple jam for this recipe needs to be spreadable. If your jam is too stiff, you can always add a bit of water to soften. Or, if it is spreadable but cold because it is just out from the fridge, simply scoop out the required amount, and microwave for 30 seconds or so to soften it a bit.

Pineapple Jam Squares

Pineapple Jam Squares

The second part of the recipe is the cookie dough. It is a very simple dough, almost short-bread like, but healthier because of oats! You will need:

  • all-purpose flour,
  • oats (old fashion is best, but use whatever you have),
  • brown sugar (dark is best, but light is okay too),
  • baking powder,
  • salt,
  • unsalted butter, and
  • egg.

Just mix everything together into a coarse crumbly texture to make the dough. A spatula is all you need, very simple.

Pineapple Jam Squares

Pineapple Jam Squares

Shaping, baking, and serving the pineapple jam squares

This pineapple jam squares cannot come together any easier. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Grab an 8″ square cake pan, line it with parchment paper. You want the paper to overhang so you can just grab the overhang to release the baked cookie.
  2. Press 2.5 cups of cookie dough into the pan to make the base.
  3. Spread the 1 cup of pineapple jam.
  4. Cover the jam by crumbling the remaining cookie dough on top.
  5. Bake in preheated 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) oven for about 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

Be sure to let the cookie cool completely before removing it from the pan, and cut neatly with a knife into squares. Cut into tiny 1″ squares to get 64 squares. Or go bold and cut the whole pan into large 9 squares!

Pineapple Jam Squares

Pineapple Jam Squares

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Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls Recipe

Pineapple jam sticky rice flour bread rolls. I have plenty of pineapple jam leftover from making pineapple jam squares, so I turn them into fillings for this bread rolls that is slightly unusual than my regular ones because the addition of sticky rice flour (a.k.a. glutinous rice flour) to make it slightly chewier, but ultimately, still very delicious.

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Homemade pineapple jam

Maybe because I grow up eating homemade nastar (Chinese pineapple tart), where the pineapple jam is heavily infused with cinnamon and cloves, I can never dig store-bought pineapple jam. It must be home made, or I would rather use other kind of jam, or filling for this bread. Whichever route you take, just make sure you have about 1 cup of jam for filling. And the jam needs to be chilled first, so they are not too runny.

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Bread dough with sticky rice flour

This bread dough has sticky rice flour in it to give it a slightly chewier texture. I usually use the one from Erawan, but I guess other brands should work just as well. If you want to ditch the sticky rice flour, just substitute with the same amount of bread flour. In which case, the bread roll texture will be more like regular Asian bakery style bread. So don’t worry too much about it.

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Egg wash and black sesame seeds

I like applying egg wash to my bread because the sheen once baked is just very attractive, and to me, they make the bread looks delicious. It is not a must, so if you are not used to applying egg wash to your bread, you can definitely skip it. Also, the black sesame seeds are purely for decoration. You can use slivered almonds if you wish, which I think is another great option.

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

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Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls Recipe

Cream cheese, plus berries jam, wrapped in cutely shaped bread rolls! If you love bread from Asian bakery, I guarantee you will love this too, unless you hate cream cheese, or berries. These lovely bread rolls taste as great as they sound, so what are you waiting? Go grab the ingredients and start baking!

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

Caterpillar buns

I usually just call all my individually shaped bread bread rolls. I guess if you must give a name to the shape of bread for this post, it would be caterpillar buns. In the recipe, I try to explain how I shape the bread, but this is one of those examples where one photo speaks better than a thousand words. So hopefully, with the step-by-step photo and my not so great explanation in the recipe, you get how to properly shape this bread. If this particular caterpillar form is too much, feel free to shape your bread into any form you wish, even regular round buns are fine.

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

All-purpose flour dusting vs. egg wash

I think in almost all my previous bread recipes, I have always finished the bread prior to baking by giving them an egg wash. Since the cream cheese filling is very generous in this recipe (1 whole block divided into 8 rolls!), I think a lighter approach such as a dusting of all-purpose flour is more appropriate. Personally, I really love how the bread turns out in the end. But if you want to use egg wash instead of all-purpose flour dusting, it is okay to do so.

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

Store in an airtight container in the fridge

Since these bread rolls have cream cheese in it, I would suggest storing them in the fridge. Most bread rolls are okay to be left in room temperature for 2-3 days, but not for this bread rolls. If you have a microwave, you can simply reheat your bread for 10-15 seconds, and they should be warm and fluffy again, almost indistinguishable from when they were just out from the oven.

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

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