It didn't take me long to decide on these little treasures.
Hertzog cookies are a traditional favourite in South Africa. They are said to have been the favourite of Prime Minister General JBM Hertzog, and that's were they got their name from.
370g Cake Flour
80g Ground Almonds
150g Icing Sugar, sifted
320g Cold Butter cut into blocks (please use butter, it really does make a difference)
3 Large Eggs separated
1 Cup Castor Sugar
250g Desiccated Coconut
I make the pastry in my food processor, but you can make it by hand using the rub in method.
In the processor add the flour, cornflour, almonds, icing sugar and butter.
Pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the egg yolks and mix until it it just comes together, you can add some cold water if the mixture is too dry.
Remove the mixture and form into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for half and hour.
While the pastry is chilling, beat the egg whites until the form soft peaks.
Add the sugar slowly until you have thick glossy mixture.
Stir in the coconut.
Roll out the pastry and cut circles to fit your bun pan for the traditional shape.
I used my mini muffin pans for a change, and they came out very nicely.
Place the pastry in the pan, place a half a teaspoon of apricot jam in the centre. Top with coconut mixture.
Bake at 200°C for about 15-20 minutes until they are crisp and golden.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack.
Some nice changes you can make -
Use pecans instead of almonds.
Try using different types of jam, like youngberry or fig.
Add some orange zest to the pastry.