Soft and spicy Cape Malay Potato Koeksisters
The best dipped into the sugar syrup and rolled in coconut. ♥ ♥
A koeksister, koeksuster or koesister is a South African pastry based on donut dough, braided, and generously coated with syrup. There are two kinds of koeksisters: the Afrikaner version and the Cape Malay version.
- 3 cups Self Raising flour
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- 3 tsp heaped aniseed
- 1 tsp fine cinnamon
- 1 tsp naartjie peel (English it’s a satsuma)
- 3 potatoes mashed
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 jumbo eggs or 3 X-large eggs
- Little oil the palm of your hand
- 200 ml milk
- 200ml boil water
- 1 pkg yeast
Boil the potatoes and mash smooth while still hot, use the potato water as well.
Beat sugar, butter & eggs with a hand beater.
Sift flour, salt, spices, and yeast. Mix through.
And milk and boiled water, and mashed potatoes.
Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Mix into a soft dough.
You can add more flour if needed or more oil in hand palm.
Lightly oil top of dough and cover with plastic wrap or lid of a bowl.
Leave in a warm place to double in size for one hour.
On a lightly flour surface, roll dough into two sausages.
Cut into equal size portions and shape like a koeksister.
Leave on a floured table to double in size for about 10 minutes, lifting koeksister gently with a palette knife.
Fry in moderately heated oil until golden brown on both sides.
Take care that the oil is moderately hot in order for koeksister not to absorb oil.
Drain on absorbent paper and allow to cool.
Dip koeksister in sugar syrup over low heat.
Roll in coconut.
How to prepare the syrup:
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
Mix the sugar and water and simmer it over low heat until syrupy.
Koeksister can be frozen for up to 3 months before the syrup. Thaw at room temperature and sugar as normal.
Add two pieces of stick cinnamon and two cardamom pods while boiling the syrup.
Add citric acid OR a small piece of butter to prevent sugar from crystallizing.
Prepared, tried, and tested by Feriel Sonday
Amount Per Serving Calories 86Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 17mgSodium 138mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 2g
Please note, I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition information on this blog, EsmeSalon, has been calculated by using an online calculator and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, please be advised that you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.
In the Cape Malay community, koesisters are synonymous with Sunday mornings and although one can eat them at any time, we feel that a Sunday without koesisters is not Sunday. Although a favorite on Sunday mornings, they are also a welcome addition to any morning or afternoon tea.
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