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KOEKSISTERS
South African recipe

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Koeksisters are a traditional South African sweet treat.

Koeksisters, twisted and dripping with syrup, a Lekker South African Dessert
Koeksisters, eaten as a dessert, or
just anytime you fancy something
sweet.
Nowadays, you probably wouldn't find Koeksisters served as dessert at a formal sit down dinner.

You will find them on the menu of some restaurants, especially those desirous of creating the traditional South African ambience

They have become a very popular treat, eaten as a sweet snack, at braaivleis, sporting events, church and other fetes and cocktail parties. You'll find koeksisters almost everywhere

These South African Koeksisters are very different to the Cape Malay Koeksister or Koesister which are not twisted but a somewhat doughnut shaped, spiced, indulgence, which are boiled in the syrup rather than dipped in cold syrup.

The texture and taste are completely different.

To see the Traditional Cape Malay recipe click

Koeksister syrup:

4 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp cream of tartar
tsp tartaric acid
1 tsp vanilla essence
or 1 tsp grated orange rind
or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
or 1/3 tsp ground ginger

Add the dry ingredients to the water and bring the mixture to the boil.

Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes or until syrupy.

Set the syrup aside to cool.

It is advisable to make the syrup first and to leave it in the fridge overnight.

The koeksister batter:

1 egg
2 cups flour
6 tbsp milk
6 tbsp margarine or butter
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.

Cut or rub the margarine or butter into the dry ingredients.

Beat an egg thoroughly and add it to the milk. Add this to the flour mixture, taking care to handle as little as possible.

Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.

Roll out the dough to a thickness of inch.

Cut into strips that are approximately 31/2 inches long and 1 inch wide.

Cut each strip into three lengthwise, leaving one side uncut, and plait the pieces, pressing the cut ends together firmly.

Pre-heat vegetable oil in a deep pan and remove half of the syrup from the fridge.

Deep-fry the KOEKSISTERS in the oil until golden brown.

Drain them for a few seconds on absorbent paper.

Dip the koeksisters into the cold syrup, for a few seconds, whilst they are still hot.

This will seal the syrup outside and leave the inside of the koeksister dry in contrast.

Place on paper towels to allow excess syrup to drain

The syrup will gradually become hot, so when you have done about half of the koeksisters take the remaining syrup from the fridge and use this for the balance.

Your koeksisters should turn out to be a somewhat crisp, sweet indulgence which are a favourite of all South Africans who have a sweet tooth.

People sell them outside shopping malls to earn an income.

You will find them at all fund raising functions where food is sold.

Koeksisters are certainly a popular item at church and other fetes and create strong competition in the recipe judging events at agricultural and other shows.

If you like sweet things you will certainly enjoy these.

But be careful, they're so nice that it's easy to over indulge and start feeling a little queasy, rather save some koeksisters for tomorrow.


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Date Published 3rd March 2003
Author: Michael Tracey - Africhef


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