Welcome back! I’m back! Anyway, after being on a hiatus for so long, I simply just needed a catalyst to jolt me back to my wonderful past time of waxing lyrical on all types of halal food! And what better way than to start with Hari Raya!
And here we have the most traditional of all kuih, Kuih Tart, or also known as Pineapple Tart! I would say that my mum’s Kuih Tart is simply the best that you can ever taste simply because of the dough that she uses which is soft and crumbly. This golden brown beauty just brings a whole new dimension to the phrase “melts in your mouth” because when you place this tart in your mouth, the dough simply disappears with the pineapple filling, leaving a sweet soft sensation in your mouth. Its small so you can immediately pop it into your mouth. Many people have been asking me for the recipe for my mum’s Kuit Tart but according to her, its the same as all other tarts. She does not have any secret ingredients or special methods to making this. The intricately pinced design is testament to my mum’s culinary skills and is a labour of love because its definitely not easy to make. (I tried to learn but failed miserably!) Come to my house if you really want to have a taste of this or just simply feast your eyes on this truly premier delectable delight!
Up close and personal, we have Kuih Bantal Peluk Saloma! A derivation from the Kuih Tart, this kuih uses kurma or dates as its inti or filling. It tastes simply delightful because the date is lovingly enclosed in the soft dough, creating a harmonious texture once it melts in your mouth! A tip for those who want to make this is to use the soft kurma available in the market instead of the hard ones. And you don’t need to cook the dates beforehand like you do for the pineapples for Kuih Tart. It took a full three hours to completely make the kuih, from the rolling of the dough, to the cutting of the dates, to placing the dates in the dough. And its more fun with my sis around since she was visibly absent for the past few Hari Raya, celebrating them in the US!
More Hari Raya Kuih in the days ahead! Stay Tuned!