Koeksisters | ExpatWomanFood.com

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17 September 2012





For the syrup
21 oz. sugar
16fl oz. water
zest of half a lemon
½ tsp. ginger, minced
0.5 fl oz. fresh lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
For the dough
9 oz. flour
3tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1.5 oz. cold butter
4fl oz. water
1 egg
oil for frying


  • Make the syrup the night before
  • In a pot add the water and sugar dissolving the sugar
  • add the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil
  • allow for the syrup to cool and place in the fridge over night
  • To make the dough
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl
  • using your fingers rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles small crumbs
  • ad the egg and slowly add the water and knead this with your hands until you have a ball of dough
  • cover the dough with a clean dish cloth and allow to rest at room temperature for 2 hours
  • Roll the dough out so that it is half a cm thick, 5 cm long and 1 cm wide
  • Take 2 pieces of dough and twist them together and pinch the ends to seal them
  • Heat the oil in a skillet and deep fry the koeksisters until they are golden, keep a kitchen towel handy to assist a quick draining of oil
  • submerge each hot koeksister into the cold syrup for 10-15 seconds
  • allow to cool on a cooling rack and serve with coffee.
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