How to Make Koeksisters of Hymie Baker

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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.

Ingredients

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
  • 4 eggs
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the syrup:

  • 1½ pounds (680g) granulated sugar
  • 1 pint (.5L) water
  • ½ tbsp (3.5g) cinnamon

EditSteps

  1. 1

    Make the syrup. Heat the granulated sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture thickens, remove from heat.

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  2. 2

    Stir in the cinnamon. Allow the syrup to cool, then refrigerate. You may transfer the syrup to bottles if you so desire.

  3. 3

    Begin the koeksisters. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl.

  4. 4

    Cut in the butter.

  5. 5

    Beat in the eggs.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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.

  8. 8

    Heat the oil to 350ºF/180ºC. Fry the rectangles of dough, two at a time, until golden brown.

  9. 9

    Drain the fried koeksisters on paper towels.

  10. 10

    Enjoy warm koeksisters with cold syrup.

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EditTips

  • 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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