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The Neenish Tart may look like a classic “Black & White” cookie from a NY deli, but they are in fact shallow, filled tarts that are beloved in both Australia and New Zealand.
There are distinct differences between the two – Australian Neenish Tarts have a cream and jam filling, while the New Zealand version is filled with a lemon custard. Unlike the perennial and never-to-be-settled arguments between the two countries over who invented another famous dessert (the Pavlova), there is no question on the geneology of the Neenish.
It is believed that these little tarts were created in Australia by Ruby Neenish – a German – who lived in Grong Grong, New South Wales, Australia around 1913. That said, this lemon custard version is specific to the land of the Maori and this recipe in fact comes from the classic New Zealand tome “Edmonds Cookery Book: The 100 Year Edition 1908-2008”.
As noted on Google Books: “The Edmonds Cookery Book has long been an essential ingredient in every New Zealand kitchen. For recipes that are certain to be a success, from Anzac Biscuits to Bacon and Egg pie, you need look no further. The 100 year anniversary edition still contains some of the recipes that appeared in the first edition published in 1908 (marked with a first edition banner so you can identify them). With over 3 million copies sold, the Edmonds Cookery Book is New Zealand’s biggest selling cook book, become part of the story with your copy of this enduring favourite.”
This particular recipe is direct from the The Edmonds (I’ve left the metric measurements intact) and defines the true New Zealand-style Neenish. I highly recommend trying it and especially recommend using this tart pan from Amazon to make them in the proper shape and style.
Enjoy, my Citizens and a big salute to the proud Kiwis (New Zealanders) who view this particular post! 🙂
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New Zealand Neenish Tarts
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