450 ml white flour
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
75 ml casting sugar
125 g buttermilk
3 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon cold water
75 ml apricot jam
3 large egg whites, well beaten
300 ml sugar
500 ml desiccated coconut
Sift the flour, castor sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt together. Rub butter into flour mixture. Whisk egg yolks and water, add to flour mixture. Mix well to form a stiff dough, knead it and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Roll out the dough (approximately 5 mm thick) on a floured surface and cut into rounds with a pastry cutter. Line greased patty tins with the rounds of pastry.
Whisk egg whites. Gradually add sugar while beating. Fold in the coconut and mix well.
Place a little apricot jam in the centre of each of the rounds of pastry. Spoon the coconut mixture into each tartlet. Bake in the oven at 180°C for about 20 to 25 minutes until the pastry is lightly golden.
Cool slightly in the patty tin, remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
Hertzoggies are named after General Hertzog, who was South Africa’s Prime Minister between 1924 and 1939. Hertzog’s political supporters loved Hertzoggies.