Jam tarts

Jam tarts: Delicious South African treat. Image: Irene Muller.

Jam tarts – Lip-smackingly delicious South African sweet treat

Enjoy teatime with these traditional South African konfyttertjies. Once your start, you simply can’t stop.

Jam tarts

Jam tarts: Delicious South African treat. Image: Irene Muller.

Expecting guests for tea or snacks? Whip together these easy jam tarts, a popular South African sweet treat. These tasty, sweet bites are perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Jam tarts, also known as konyttertjies in Afrikaans is an old South African favourite. Preparing these charming little tarts may take about 30 minutes of your time and then you need to pop them into the oven for 15 minutes. When they are light brown, they are ready to be taken out of the oven.

This jam tarts recipe is a fun recipe to do with the family. If you have a few hands that can help shape the little sweet delights and add a droplet of jam in the centre of each tart, you will have your baked goods ready in no time.

If you don’t make the jam tarts too big, you will be able to make 60 from this recipe. But you can always make them a bit bigger and then make a few less.

A clever tip is to prick the jam tarts with a toothpick. This will prevent the jam from cooking out during the baking process.  

Enjoy these typical South African sweet treats.

Jam tarts recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Irene Muller Course: SnacksCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 250 g 250 butter (margarine is good, but butter gives a better taste)

  • 500 g 500 flour

  • ½ teaspoon ½ cream of tarter

  • ¼ teaspoon ¼ salt

  • soda water (enough to make the dough in a firm ball)

  • smooth apricot jam

  • 1 1 egg, beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  • Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour, cream of tartar and salt (this is easier if you freeze the butter and then simply grate the butter).
  • Mix the soda water a little bit at a time and mix it with a knife.
  • Form the dough in a ball and cover with a cold cloth.
  • Leave the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough, (not too thin) and use a cookie cutter (as big as you want it). Press out circles and remove the bits in-between, form a ball and put back in the fridge until you’ve finished this batch.
  • Add a teaspoon of apricot jam in the middle of each little tart.
  • Wet half of the rim with egg. Fold one half of the circle to the other and press with a fork or with your finger.
  • Repeat until all the dough is used.  
  • Prick the tarts with a toothpick, as it helps the jam not to cook out.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC for about 15 minutes, or until lightly brown.


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