I first stumbled upon pineapple cakes when I was in Taiwan. A friend of mine was adamant that I try them while we visited, so I did.
They look like little yellow bricks that are usually 1 inch squares. Although they aren’t very visually attractive, it’s tasty and quite different from your usual tea time snack. The outer crust is a buttery pastry that is crumbly and flaky. It forms a wall around a jelly-like pineapple filling that is soft, sticky and (like many Asian snacks) mildly sweet. It’s definitely something to try for the pineapple lovers out there.
I have seen prepackaged versions of these little treats around Toronto, but I haven’t had much luck finding fresh ones. However, I randomly stumbled into a bakery in the middle of nowhere that sold them. I kid you not, I was so excited when I spotted them I had to buy a baggie full of them. It’s always great to discover things you found abroad in your own home town. It’s a bit nostalgic. 🙂