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Traditional Cape Malay Koeksisters

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Traditional Cape Malay Koeksisters (also pronounced Koesisters) is a deliciously sticky, sweet syrupy treat. A South-African delicacy you should not miss!!

Koeksister

A koeksister is a traditional Afrikaner confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey. There is also a Cape Malay version of the dish, which is a fried ball of dough that is rolled in desiccated coconut called a koesister. The name derives from the Dutch word “koek”, which generally means a wheat flour confectionery, also the origin of the American English word “cookie”, and “sister” can refer to the oral tradition of two sisters plaiting their doughnuts and then dunking them in syrup, so creating this iconic pastry. “Sis” can also refer to the sizzling sound.

Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited dough strips in oil, then submersing the hot fried dough into ice cold sugar syrup. Koeksisters have a golden crunchy crust and liquid syrup centre, are very sticky and sweet, and taste like honey.

BUT these we share today are the much-loved South African traditional sticky spicy treats are so yummy! These are called koeksisters, but are not to be confused with the traditional Dutch version as mentioned above, the plaited ones.

Yield: Approximately 30 depending on size

Traditional Cape Malay Koeksisters

an image of Traditional Cape Malay Koeksisters twisted and dipped in coconut

A Cape Malay Koeksisters (also pronounced Koesisters) are sticky, syrupy sweet treats. A South-African delicacy not to be missed.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  • Enough sour milk/maas to make a soft dough
  • I added a pinch of salt

Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add butter and maas
  3. Make into a soft dough
  4. Break off the dough into little balls
  5. Roll into a thin roll
  6. Cut in half and twist
  7. Secure ends
  8. Deep fry till golden brown
  9. Dip in warm syrup, roll in coconut


Syrup

Boil all the ingredients together until it thickens.

Notes

Prepared, tried, and tested Jennifer from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 

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Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 9mgSodium 164mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 0gSugar 11gProtein 1g

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    • I am happy to hear that you intend to try these out. Hope you will enjoy them and please do let us know with a rating and review what you think of it. I would love to hear your feedback. Enjoy

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