Traditional Koeksisters

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Ingredients:

Koeksister. Photo ©Christie Keulder
Koeksister. Photo ©Christie Keulder

The syrup

4 cups Sugar
1 1/2 cups Water
1/2 teaspoon Cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger
2 Stick cinnamon
2 teaspoons Glicerine

Koeksister. Photo ©Christie Keulder
Koeksister. Photo ©Christie Keulder

The dough

4 cups Cakeflour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Baking powder
4 tablespoons Butter
1 Egg
250 milliliters Milk, Plus up to 175 milliters if needed
Vegetable oil, For deepfrying

Directions:

The syrup:

  1. Heat water and sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add cinnamon, cream of tartar and ginger to the syrup and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the glicerine and remove from heat. Let the syrup cool completely before use. Set the syrup over an ice bath.

The Koeksisters:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients and sieve together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and rub to mix using your finger tips.
  3. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork or small whisk and add to the dough.
  4. Mix into a soft dough, then knead the dough till smooth and shiny. Let the finished dough rest for 2 hours.
  5. Once the dough has rested, roll it out into a 1 cm sheet.
  6. Cut into ribbons about 4 cm wide (or depending how big you want your koeksisters to be).
  7. Cut each ribbon into two or three strips keeping one end in tact. Now twist or pleat the strips and secure the loose ends.
  8. These should not come undone during the deep frying. Heat the oil to 190℃.
  9. At 5 or 6 koeksisters as a time to the hot oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden.
  10. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon, drain quickly on kitchen paper and then add to the syrup whilst the koeksisters are still hot. Soak in the syrup for a few minutes then remove with a slotted spoon.
  11. Put them on a cake rack set over a roasting tin or cookie sheet to dry.
  12. Let the oil come back up to heat before frying the next batch. Repeat until all the koeksisters are done.
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