Where to buy the most delicious pineapple tarts this Chinese New Year

The best tasting pineapple tarts have a beautiful buttery crust with a ball of sweet, slightly chunky jam with a light, tart punch. We recommend some of our favourites right here:

1. Black Phoenix Pineapple Balls

$25.80, from Kele

The pineapple balls get their name from the cracked black pepper sprinkled over each one - we're sold! The tingly heat after each bite of chewy sweetness was a welcome change from the usual tarts.

2. Pineapple Parmesan Cheese Tarts

$20, from Emicakes, including #01-170, Block 116 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, tel: 6353-2313

Parmesan and pineapple go surprisingly well together - the sharp taste of the cheese brings out the sweetness of the pineapple jam. We loved the flaky tart base too.

3. Traditional Yuen Bao Pineapple Tarts

$29.80, from Bakerzin outlets, including #03-03, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6604-7370

It's not easy perfecting a pineapple tart.These individually wrapped gold ingots were the perfect balance of pastry and pineapple jam.The jam, made from premium Sarawak pineapples, had a lovely texture that kept us going back for more.

4. Milk Pineapple Tarts

Price unavailable, from In The Brickyard, 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, tel: 9644-8124

Soft, melt-in-your-mouth pastry around a slightly sweet and tangy ball of pineapple jam, these are best served warm. More milky than buttery, the pastry has a delicate, sweet taste that keeps it from feeling too heavy. Heat it up before you serve to get the optimal taste.

5. Traditional Pineapple Tarts

$19.80 (regular) and $35 (large), from Bengawan Solo

How could we not include one of Singapore's favourite brands? Our features writer's husband loves the oblong-shaped tarts served up in trays at Bengawan Solo. Fragrant, with a crumbly crust wrapped around the sweet jam, it's lucky these are sold all year round!

6. Pillow Pineapple Tarts

$16.80, from Juz Bread, email from Juzbread@hotmail.com, tel: 6312-6696

Our consumer and lifestyle writer absolutely adores the pineapple tarts from this neighbourhood bakery. What stands out is its crust. Gloriously buttery but not too thick, it gives a great savoury hit that balances nicely with the jam.

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