29/01/2013 in Sweets & Treats

I bet the majority of people in SA have tried or eaten a koeksister. They are everywhere; Church bazaars, school fetes, craft markets, leading supermarkets sell them…….. The list goes on.
I personally can’t remember when and where I had my first taste which actually doesn’t matter because I love them. 
These deep fried golden braids are not for devoted dieters, gym enthusiasts, gravel stompers or people who don’t have a sweet tooth and when I make them, I don’t skimp on size……..I go BIG!!

4 Cups of sugar
2 cups of water
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. golden syrup
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Stick of cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger

Combine in a pot and bring to a gentle simmer till sugar is melted.  Remove from stove and allow cooling.  Once completely cooled place in the fridge.  The syrup must be ice cold before use so it is important to make this syrup in advance.

Easy Dough
2.5 cups of flour
1 Sachet Instant Yeast
10ml Salt
2 Tbsp. Sunflower Oil
175ml lukewarm water (add more if needed)

Mix everything together in a bowl until a firm, elastic dough forms. Wrap in cling-wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and roll out to a thickness of about 6.5mm.  Cut into 3 equal rectangular strips (about 10 x 3cm).  Plait the strips and pinch either end closed to ensure they don’t unravel when frying.  Makes about 20.
Deep fry till golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and immediately dunk into cold syrup.  Leave for 5 minutes to soak.  Experience crispy gorgeousness on the outside and soft gooeyness on the inside.

9 responses to Koeksisters

  1. Flee said on 29/01/2013

    1 Word…… EVIL!! ;-)
    Thank you will put this on my one day when I’m not on diet list :-(

  2. Brave girl! I rather frequent the bazaars and buy a few dozen of these sweet delights – most ‘sisters made with yeast freeze well. Pitry you cannot courier me some … xxx

  3. So bly om te sien jy het gemmer in die stroop! Love it x

  4. nina said on 29/01/2013

    I have attempted making cooksisters only once….. you are a brave girL!

  5. Hi Guys

    Like your recipe!

    Koeksister Exporter: Afrique du Zoot

    We aim to get our proudly RSA product to the overseas market – We are currently supplying the larger part of RSA and Namibia with our sites set on expanding to the overseas confctionary markets.

    If you would like to taste magic, try our Magic Koeksisters.

    Regards, and keep loving them Koeksisters!

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