These lemony-sweet tarts are a traditional favourite in New Zealand, although no-one I've ever talked to has been able to tell me what 'Neenish' means.
Neenish tarts were first made by an Australian lady by the name of Ruby Neenish in 1913 when she did not have eough chocolate so used white icing as well - 18 Jun 2012
The origin of the name "neenish" is unknown, though a column in the Sydney Morning Herald attributed the name to a Mrs. Ruby Neenish. Alternative names such as nenische (recorded in 1929) and nienich (recorded in 1935) suggest a German origin, although neenish was known before the alternatives, suggesting these names were to give a "continental" flavour to the tart. All in all, a true treasure that deserves to be made properly. Eat these and you will never touch mass produced Neenish Tarts again. - 05 Dec 2012