I don’t know about all of you, but when I was growing up, my mother used to make these on a regular basis. Now I do the same and enjoy every minute of it. Handtertjies is a very soft flaky pastry filled with apricot jam and baked until light brown. It tastes great when it just comes out of the over, but can be enjoyed either warm or cold.
Here is the recipe, and remember to use apricot jam! If you are in England, I know, you all love strawberry jam, and it will work just as well. Choose the one you prefer and off you go…
1/2 lb butter (margarine is also fine, but the butter gives it a nicer taste)
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
‘n pinch of salt
1/2 cup of ice cold water (just enough to bind)
1. Use you fingers to rub the butter in with the flour, salt and cream of tartar. (It is easier to freeze the butter and grate it in!)
2. Mix the water and fold in with a knife..
3. Bind the dough, cover with a cold wet cloth and leave in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
4. Roll out the dough and use a round shaped cookie cutter. Place one or 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the middle and fold over, making a half moon.
5. Press around the outside with a fork.
6. Smear milk on the top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15 – 20 minutes, until light brown.
Eat and enjoy!
I was born in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa and grew up in Vereeniging. The first time I left home was in 2002 to go to England on a working holiday. Met my husband halfway around the world, got married in South Africa and now have 2 beautiful children. One boy and one girl... Started writing down recipes I grew up with when I was living in England and love sharing them with others.