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Koeksisters Videos

Koeksisters Videos

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These videos show you few different families making this great South African treat, feel free to submit yours.

Koeksister / Koeksuster / Cooksister

A South African dessert often sold at flea markets and church fundraiser’s, Wikipedia’s definition: a syrup-coated doughnut in a twisted or braided shape (like a plait or braided hair ). They are prepared by deep-frying dough in oil then dipping the fried dough into cold sugar syrup.


Koeksister dough ingredients

  • 2 Cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Oil for frying


  • 1 kg of sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Juice of one lemon


Syrup – Important:
Do this the night before as you want the syrup super cold

  1. Dissolve sugar in water
  2. Add spices and lemon juice and bring to a boil
  3. You can mix in a teaspoon or two of cream of tarter in place of the lemon juice
  4. Put the syrup in your fridge over night to cool


Rest dough 2 -3 hoursSift flour salt & baking powder

  1. Sift flour salt & baking powder
  2. Rub in butter and mix until pliable
  3. Mix with egg and water, adding the water a little at a time, kneed well. Don’t be stressed if the dough gets very sticky and clumps just continue to work the dough and it will ball up nicely, of cause if you are not doing this by hand you’re going to eat yuppie sisters
  4. Leave the dough to rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours under the inverted  mixing bowl

Make the Koeksisters

plait the dough and pinch it at the end Deep fry the koeksister dough until golden brown

  1. Roll out the dough to about 5 mm thick
  2. Cut into strips 5 cm long 2 cm wide
  3. Cut each strip into 3 strip but not through the top, now plait the dough and pinch it at the end
  4. Deep fry the dough until golden brown – remove and drain quickly as you are going to dip the hot Koeksisters into your cold syrup
  5. Keeping syrup colds and the Koeksisters hot when dipping is key to get the right amount to syrup drawn into the Koeksisters to get that sweet pop that all sane South Africans love and crave
  6. A good trick to  Keeping the syrup Cold 5 to place the syrup bowl into a container of iced water
  7. Now munch!