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South African Koeksisters

A very sticky South African sweet. They remind me of a donut, but maybe messier. I got this recipe from my South African friend, Sheralee. She says to try to eat a few before the family gets home because once they get stuck into them, you "ain't gonna get none!"



  • 250 ml water (1 cup)
  • 625 ml white sugar (2 1/2 cups)
  • 12 1/2 ml lemon juice (2 1/2 tsp.)
  • 5 ml vanilla essence (1 tsp.)


  • 375 ml cake flour (1 1/2 cups)
  • 22 ml baking powder (4 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 ml salt (1/4 tsp.)
  • 20g margarine
  • 150ml vanilla-flavored soymilk (the vanilla soy milk gives added flavor, 5/8 cup)
  • 750 ml canola oil (3 cups)

Put the water and sugar in ant and bring to boil on low heat. Stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissoved. Boil for 7 minutes.

Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla essence. Put the pot into the fridge.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Add the margarine in small portions to the four mixure. Add the soymilk. Mix well until a dough is formed.

Roll the dough out to a thickness of 5 mm (+ or - 1/4 in.). Cut the dough into thin (+ or - 10 mm or 1/2 in.) strips. Take 3 strips and join their ends on one side. Braid the strips to desired koeksister length and join other ends.

Heat the oil in a pot until fairly hot. Put about 3 koeksisters (or what can fit)at a time in the oil and fry them on both sides until they get a golden-brown color. As you remove the koeksisters for the oil, place them directly ito the syrup from the fridge. It is important to keep the syrup cool, so between soakings, return the syrup to the fridge to maintain its coolness.

Remove the koeksisters from the syrup and allow the excess syrup to drip off. Place them in the refrigerator to cool and then eat!