Recipe for delicious South African hertzoggies with a jam or caramel filling

Ingredients
2 c (280 g) self-raising flour
¼ c (55 g) castor sugar
2 t (10 ml) baking powder
¼ t (1 ml) salt
½ c (115 g) Clover Mooi River butter
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp (15 ml) cold water

Filling:
½ c (165 g) apricot jam
3 egg whites
1 c (220 g) castor sugar
2 c (160 g) desiccated coconut
1 t (5 ml) vanilla essence

How to
Preheat the oven to 180 °C and grease a shallow muffin tin.

Sift the self-raising flour, castor sugar, baking powder and salt together. Rub in the butter with fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Whisk the egg yolks and water together. Add it to the dry ingredients, cut in with a knife and knead lightly to a soft dough.

Roll out the dough to a 5 mm thickness, cut out pastry circles with a cookie cutter and use these to line the tin. Filling: Spoon one teaspoonful of apricot jam into the middle of each round.

Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, beating continuously. Fold in the coconut and vanilla essence.

Spoon the meringue mixture over the jam filling. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Variation
Caramel Hertzoggies: replace the jam filling with caramel filling

1 x 385 g tin Clover
Condensed Milk
1 t (5 ml) sea salt flakes,
Crumbled

Caramel filling: Remove the label of the condensed milk can and place it into a small saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid and boil for 3 to 3½ hours. Top up the water level frequently with boiling water to ensure the pan doesn’t boil dry.

Allow to cool completely. Spoon the caramel into a mixing bowl and stir in the salt. Mix until smooth.

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Recipe taken from The Best Bakes Cookbook, available from leading book stores and www.lapa.co.za. A percentage of the book’s is donated to the Clover Mama Afrika Project. Clover Mama Afrika is a national, social upliftment project that seeks to assist and support communities at grassroots level. By empowering the Mamas – the backbone of most communities – Clover is sustainably helping them to not only look after themselves, but also the people around them.