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Yes, it's really their only name! It's a tremendously popular cookie or tartlet, often found in home industry outlets. They were named after a prime minister of South Africa (1924 -1939), J B M Hertzog. Must have been his favourite teatime snack! Please note that no South African dessicated coconut is sweetened.
- Sift together the flour, superfine (caster) sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Rub the butter lightly into the flour with fingertips until like crumbs.
- Beat egg yolks lightly with the water, and add.
- Mix until a soft, manageable dough forms. Add a tiny bit more water if the dough is too firm.
- Knead this dough well, cover, and set aside.
- Heat oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F.
- Grease the hollows of patty pan tins, or spray with nonstick spray. (I'm talking about the shallow hollows -- not deep ones like for muffins).
- Roll the dough out thinly on a floured surface.
- Press out circles large enough to form adequate pastry crusts for the patty hollows.
- Line the patty hollows with the pastry.
- Put a small blob of jam in each crust -- about 3/4 teaspoon.
- Whip the egg whites until quite stiff.
- Slowly add the sugar and whisk well after each addition.
- Stir in the dessicated coconut.
- Put spoonsful of this filling in the patty hollows over the jam blobs. Try to do this neatly as it affects the final shape of the cookie.
- Bake the cookies 20 - 25 minutes in centre of oven.
- Cool slightly in the pans, then lift out and cool on wire racks.
- About 30 cookies.