Who can resist these traditional South African treats? Beautifully braided dough, deep-fried, then soaked in a sweet fragrant syrup.
The word koeksister is from Dutch origin and means cookie. Koeksisters are made by deep-frying braided dough in oil, then dipping it into an ice-cold sugar syrup. In South Africa, we have two kinds of koeksisters, the Afrikaner and the Cape Malay version. The Cape Malay koe’sister is a ball of fried dough that’s rolled in desiccated coconut.
Koeksisters are a firm favourite in most South African homes. The secret to making koeksisters is that they should be dipped in the ice-cold syrup immediately after frying. With more time on your hands during the lockdown, surprise your family with these syrupy treats and enjoy them with a cup of coffee or indigenous rooibos tea.
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