Koeksisters - south african dessert

5 servings
20 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 5


1.Cake Flour - 2 cups

2.Egg - 1 Large

3.Butter - 3 tbsp ( i used margerine many times but while using butter koeksister comes soft)

4.Butter Milk - 1/2 cup

5.Baking Powder - 3 tsp

6.Salt - 1/2 tsp

7.Canola Oil for Deep Frying

Ingredients for making Syrup:

1.White Sugar - 700 gms

2.Water - 2 cups

3.Crushed Whole Cardamom pods - 4 no's ( Here they use Cinnamon sticks, i like always cardamom to use)

4.Ground Ginger - 1 tsp

5.Lemon juice - from 1 small lemon


  • Preparation:

    1.Mix dry ingredients first, Cake Flour, Salt and Baking Powder then rub with butter nicley till it turns like Fine bread crumbs.
    2.In another bowl, beat the egg roughly and add the butter milk mix it gently for 2 mts, then add these wet ingredients with flour knead it gently for 5 mts if you feel sticky in your hands apply oil and then knead the dough.
    3.You have to knead the dough till you feel soft and do not stick around the edges of the pot, test the dough by making one small lemon size ball it should come soft and in shape without any crack on sides.
    4.Now close the dough with damp cloth and leave it to sit for 4 hrs. Meanwhile, we can make Sugar syrup.
    5.I use to prepare the syrup a day before itself, because we shouldn't put the fried pieces in the warm or hot syrup. It should completely cold while we are dipping the hot fried pieces.
    6.Heat all the ingredients under making syrup put together and leave it to cook in medium flame close the pot with the lid. Stir it well frequently till it dissolves fully.
    7.There is no consistency need for this Sugar syrup, just dissolved everything ( not too watery use exact amount of measurement for syrup)
    8.Now leave the syrup to cool, keep it inside the fridge.
    9.Now, we need to start do frying our koeksisters, Now roll down the dough to 7 cm long and 2 cm wide.
    10.Cut into 3 strips, we can make in 2 ways one like our hair plait with 3 strips and other one is take 1 strip from the 3 strips twist like in the first picture and pinch together at the end of the strip.
    11.Make what shape you prefer, but the koeksisters shape should be like in the pictures.
    12.Now deep fry the koeksisters till it turns golden brown. Drain it in the kitchen towel and dip it in the cold sugar syrup. (Dip immediately the koeksister is hot)
    13.Take out after 5mts and leave it in the plate to set well.
    14.Now the Koeksisters are ready to serve cold.


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