Rustic Dessert Table

We are loving this rustic looking dessert table loaded with treats for a sweet tooth!

This would be perfect for a festive, laid back wedding or even for your Christmas dinner this holiday.  Choose a mix of old fashioned goodies like koeksisters, and hertzoggie tartlets together with red velvet cupcakes and decadent dark chocolate brownies.

Hertzoggies

If you are feeling a little adventurous in the kitchen this holiday, why not take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and try your hand at this old fashioned, but ever popular little tart.  And if you are wondering about the slightly odd name, the cookie was the favourite of General J.B.M. Hertzog, the prime minister of the Union of South Africa, from 1924 to 1939.

This recipe comes from Huisgenoot wenresepte 2 by Annette Human – another popular classic in the South-African kitchen!

Crust:

  • 250g flour
  • 25g castor sugar
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 1 ml salt
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 3 extra large egg yolks
  • 15 ml cold water

Filling:

  • 75ml apricot jam
  • 3 extra large egg whites
  • 250g sugar
  • 160 g coconut
  1. Sift the flour, castor sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Crumble in the butter and mix with finger tips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix the egg yolks and cold water and add to the butter mixture. Mix to a dough. add a little extra water if it is too dry.
  4. Work the dough into a ball, cover and leave aside to rest.
  5. Heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  6. Grease the inside of muffin pans.
  7. Roll out the dough, about 1 mm thick. Cut round circles with a cookie cutter, big enough to cover the inside of the muffin pan. Press into muffin pans.
  8. Put a teaspoon of jam into each dough crust.
  9. Whisk the egg-whites until stiff and gradually add the sugar to whisk to a meringue.
  10. Stir in the coconut.
  11. Put a tablespoonful of coconut meringue onto each jam-filled dough crust.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the middle of the oven.
  13. Leave to cool before removing. store in a cool place.

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