Hertzogkoekies on the Braai/BigGreenEgg
Well I'm back on the weather subject again and cooking in sunshine one minute and snow the next. I wish we had proper seasons in the UK so you know when to take off your boots and put some flops on! To cheer you all up I'm going to try and bake a laaties (small child) favourite cake, “Hertzogkoekies”. If you would like to make these just like your Ouma did we are giving away 3 tins of All Gold Apricot Jam so that they taste like they did back home (see end for details).
These cookies or jam and coconut tartlets are known as Hertzogkoekies in South Africa and are part of every South African housewife's traditional recipes. They were named after General J.B.M. Hertzog, prime minister of the South Africa Union in 1924. According to legend, there was also another cookie baked in nearly the same way (the ingredients were the same) but these were named after General Jan Smuts, Prime Minister from 1919 until 1924 and then again from 1939 until 1948. Both Smuts and Hertzog played important roles in the early political history of South Africa, both fought in the Boer Wars and the World Wars and both of them had their own staunch supporters. Interesting is that the supporters of the one would not eat the biscuits named after the other one and even today, you will still find a recipe for Hertzogkoekies and Jan Smuts koekies if you search for traditional South African cookies.
MAKES 9-10 - PREP: 40 MINS - COOK TIME: 15-20 MINS
INGREDIENTS FOR SWEET PASTRY
- 1 3/4 Cups plain (cake) flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 50g unsalted butter
- 3 x egg yolks
- pinch of salt
METHOD FOR MAKING PASTRY
- Sift the flour onto a clean smooth work surface and make a well in the centre.
- Add the butter which you have cubed up and rub it in with your fingers. Make into a texture that resembles crumbs.
- Add the egg and mix until the pastry is formed.
- Rest the pastry for 15 minutes in the fridge covered with cling film.
- Then roll out to 5 mm thickness on a floured surface and use cutter to make circles ready to be filled (if time is of the essence, buy ready made pastry).
INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING
- ¾ cup Sugar
- 2 cups Desiccated coconut
- 3 egg whites
- 8 tbsp smooth apricot jam
- 12 glacé cherries (optional)
METHOD FOR MAKING THE FILLING
- Pre Heat the Braai to 180°C (350°F).
- Stiffly beat the egg white into firm peaks then gently fold in the sugar and coconut, its that simple. Place half a teaspoon of jam in the bottom of each lined patty and then generously cover with the coconut mixture. Place a cherry on the top of each if you choose to, personally I love that final sweet taste of cherry on the last bite.
- Tip When filling the jam tarts, put a spoonful of apricot jam into a plastic bag containing a little flour. Shake the bag until the jam is well coated with flour, then place onto pastry. This will ensure that the jam does not "leak" during baking.
- Finally place in the braai to bake for 15-20 minutes and you will end up with some great koekies.
Fancy making some of these? We are giving away 3 tins of All Gold Apricot Jam so that you can make them taste like they did back home. All you have to do is please leave some feed back and you could be 1 of 3 lucky people that get a chance to make this really great South African Snack. Also I love to hear what you think about what I'm cooking, feel free to leave suggestions what you would like to see me cook. Entries will close on the 8th March 2013.