For this Malaysian pineapple Jam, they usually make it with 100 percent pineapple pureed with added spices. Including cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves. Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical and subtropical plant with numerous palatable fruitlets. And they call them coalesced berries whereby each fruitlet is the eye of the pineapple. Besides, pineapple belongs to the Bromeliaceae family.
Versatility of Pineapples
We can eat pineapples fresh, cooked, juiced, preserved or as jam spread. In addition, we can also eat pineapples as a snack or added to desserts like fruit salads. Moreover, they often add pineapple to savoury Asian dishes. Like pineapple fried rice, sweet and sour pork, chicken stir frys, and curries. For western food, they commonly add pineapples as pizza topping in Hawaiian pizza. Or as a grilled ring on a burger. Whereas they make pineapple pureed made using food processor, used for making jam, sweets, ice cream and yogurt.
Malaysian Pineapple Jam
Malaysian pineapple jam is a lavish and healthy spread for several foods, adding a delicious flavour to any dish. Although, commercial pineapple jams and preserves are widely available, they usually have colouring, preservatives and other additives added. Making pineapple jam is extremely easy, and homemade means you only use fresh and natural ingredients without all the additives. Moreover, you can adjust the sweetness and texture of the jam according to your taste.
How to Chose Pineapple
When buying pineapple, select those that do not have any blemishes, or soft spots. Moreover, darkened “eyes”, means that the pineapples are not fresh. Once farmers harvest pineapples, they will stop to ripen. So remember to pick those that has sweet smell, and do not select those that smells moldy and sour.
Gluten Free Pineapple Jam
For my gluten free pineapple jam recipe, I am using really sweet and juicy Australian fresh pineapples from Queensland. Then adding either caster sugar or agave sugar (they both work well). As well as added spices like cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves, creating a really aromatic and splendid jam. Pineapple jam is perfect as a spread for breads, toasts, crackers and tarts. Also used for topping for pineapple tarts, glazing cakes and in muffins. This pineapple jam recipe is not only naturally gluten free. Likewise, it is vegan, low carb, dairy free, soy free, egg free, corn free, nut free and has no artificial colour.
Pineapple Jam used for Pineapple Tarts
The most popular way of using pineapple jam in desserts in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia is to make pineapple tarts. During Chinese New Year, we love to eat pineapple tarts as well loved snacks. Either to serve at home for visitors or as gifts to family and friends. There are two versions of pineapple tarts, either baked as small open faced tarts or mini sausage roll shapes. Check out my recipe for gluten free open faced pineapple tarts here. When making pineapple tarts, I make the jam dryer than when making it as a spread. Because the jam needs to be dry enough to roll into small balls.
In addition, we love pineapple tarts in Southeast Asia. As a result, they are available at retail stores all year round, i.e. the gluten version. But the most popular time of eating pineapple tarts is during festive seasons like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya. They also include pineapple tarts in food hampers as gifts for family and friends.
- Peel and remove cores of pineapples and roughly cut into small 3cm to 4cm pieces. Blend the pineapple pieces in a food processor until you get a coarse puree.
- Place the pineapple puree and spices into a non-stick wok, bring to a boil and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes to reduce the pineapple juice.
- Add in the caster sugar or agave sugar, stir and combine well, bring to a boil again. Then simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour or until the pineapple jam has become a darker golden colour and has just thickened or until setting point is achieved. Stir frequently towards the last stage of cooking to prevent the jam from burning. Set aside and allow to cool.
- Once the pineapple jam has cooled down, remove the spices and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.