Koeksisters are a popular and very tasty South African treat. They are similar to doughnuts, except they are twisted or braided, and coated in syrup.
For the koeksisters:
1½ to 3 cups (187-375g) all-purpose flour
1½ tsp (7g) baking powder
2 tsp (4.5g) ground cinnamon
1 tsp (2g) ground cloves
1 tsp (2g) ground nutmeg
½ tsp (1g) allspice
½ cup (1 stick) butter
vegetable oil for frying
For the syrup:
1½ pounds (680g) granulated sugar
1 pint (.5L) water
½ tbsp (3.5g) cinnamon
Make the syrup. Heat the granulated sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture thickens, remove from heat.Ad
Stir in the cinnamon. Allow the syrup to cool, then refrigerate. You may transfer the syrup to bottles if you so desire.
Begin the koeksisters. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl.
Cut in the butter.
Beat in the eggs.
When the dough comes together, form it into a ball. Roll it out between two pieces of waxed paper until it makes a sheet ¼ inch in thickness.
Carefully remove the top sheet of wax paper. Cut the dough into rectangles roughly the size of a business card (about 2″x3″).
Alternatively, cut the dough into strips and plait the koeksisters, as shown in these images.
Heat the oil to 350ºF/180ºC. Fry the rectangles of dough, two at a time, until golden brown.
Drain the fried koeksisters on paper towels.
Enjoy warm koeksisters with cold syrup.Ad
- Koeksisters are roughly comparable to French toast sticks, except that koeksisters are harder and less inherently sweet, thus the syrup.
- Try this recipe next time you volunteer to bring a dessert somewhere. The koeksisters don’t have to be warm, nor does the syrup have to be cold; it just tastes better that way.
- This recipe yields about 30 koeksisters.
- Pack a few koeksisters and a small container of syrup in your child’s lunch. Guaranteed to brighten his day!
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