Family favourite

When I was growing up, every December holiday would be spent down at the South Coast. It would be three beautiful weeks of nothing but sand, sea, relaxation and braai every single night (because that's what a summer holiday is all about). In between all of this holiday time we would go to the grandparents for a few days and spend time with my dad's side of the family. 

My fondest memory about this time is getting to enjoy lots of granny's homemade apricot jam, rusks and Hertzoggies (or as some like to call them Jam tarts). Now the thing about these Hertzoggies is that they are just simply amazing! In fact they're so delicious, that it would be almost like a race between my dad and his siblings to see who could get the grandparent's house first so that they could hide the treats from the rest of the family. 

So not too long ago my sister and I were talking about these Hertozoggies and how scrumptious they are, so we decided to try our hand at making them. Well that and my parents were coming  home for a visit, so we decided to surprise my dad with one of his favourites.

2 cups self-riasing flour
150 ml castor sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
3 large egg yolks
1 tbsp PnP cold water
1 pinch of salt

150 ml apricot jam
3 large egg whites
1 cup sugar syrup
2 cups dessicated coconut
1 tsp vanilla essence

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a muffin pan
2. Sift the flour, castor sugar, baking powder and salt
3. Rub in the butter until mix resembles fine breadcrumbs
4. Add egg yolks and water, and knead to form smooth dough
5. Cover and rest for 20 minutes
6. Roll dough to 5mm thickness, cut out pastry circles with a cookie cutter and use these to line a shallow muffin tray
7. Whip the egg whites to form soft peaks, then slowly add sugar, beating continuously
8. Fold in coconut and vanilla
9. Dollop small spoonful’ of jam into each pastry hollow and top with coconut meringue

10. Bake tarts for 20-25 minutes until golden, cool slightly in pan and lift onto a cooling rack


  1. These sound absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    All That Glitters

    1. You're welcome. You'll love these Jam tarts. My mouth is watering just thinking about them ;)

  2. oooh I love these!! Can't wait to actually make them one day