Hertzoggies (Dutch Jam and Coconut Meringue Tartlets)


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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
156 Calories
10g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These delicious South African pastries (known both as tarts and cookies) will be more familiar as Hertzoggies to some South African readers. This unique Afrikaner tea time treat is a blend of two traditional Dutch pies: the old-fashioned Dutch apple pie and a fruit-filled vlaaien; the pastries are also flavored with once rare imports from the former Dutch colonies, such as apricot jam, desiccated coconut, and sugar.


  • 1 box ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 6 teaspoons apricot jam
  • 5 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C).

  3. Grease a 12 hole patty pan tray (or mini muffin tray).

  4. Cut 12 rounds out of the ready-rolled pastry to fit the hollows and line the hollows with the pastry rounds.

  5. Spoon 1/2 teaspoons of apricot jam into each hollow.

  6. Combine the superfine sugar and baking powder and set aside.

  7. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in the sugar mix. Then fold in the coconut.

  8. Spoon a tablespoon of the meringue mixture on top of each jam-filled pastry round.

  9. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack. Serve with coffee or tea.

  11. Enjoy.

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