Koeksisters Recipe

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Koeksisters Recipe

This traditional koeksisters recipe has been in our family for many decades. I can still see my granny baking koeksisters and my mom followed the same traditions. I can only guess how old this koeksister recipe really is. A koeksister is a traditional South African confectionery of fried dough infused with syrup. I always describe koeksisters as plaited doughnuts that are deep-fried and infused in syrup.

The Cape Malay version of a koeksister is called a koesister, with the only difference in the shape of the koeksister. Koeksisters are traditionally served at bazaars and other social events. The syrup used in the recipe is homemade and unlike maple syrup or golden syrup has a hint of ginger and cinnamon. These are two spices that are well known in traditional Afrikaner confectionaries.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 24


Calories: 241
Carbs: 5g
Fat: 9g
Protein: 3g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 20 Minutes
60 min
Cook Time
1 Hours and 0 Minutes
80 min
Total Time
1 Hours and 20 Minutes




  1. Make the Syrup:
    Heat the water in a large saucepan over moderate heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Wash down any sugar crystal adhering to the sides of the pan
  2. Add the cream of tartar, ginger and cinnamon to the syrup. Boil for 5 minutes and do not stir
  3. Remove from the stove and allow to chill in the refrigerator.
  4. Make the Koeksisters:
    In a large mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine crumbs
  5. Beat the milk and eggs together and add to the dry ingredients. Mix the dough well and knead lightly to make the dough pliable. Cover with a cloth and let it rest for 1 hour
  6. Heat the frying oil in a saucepan to 190°C
  7. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 10 mm. Cut oblong to a length of about 40 mm to 80 mm
  8. Starting 1 cm from one end, make two vertical cuts in the oblongs so that there are three strips joined at the end. Plait the strips loosely and secure at the loose ends
  9. Deep fry the koeksisters for 1 minute
  10. Remove from the oil and drain on brown paper for 1 minute. Dip in the cold syrup for 30 seconds. Remove from the syrup and place on a drying rack to dry. Enjoy!

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Tharina Grobbelaar
Finally found what I was looking for. A proper guide to making koeksisters. I have the rolling pin ready. Thanks. 5.00

Marti Killian
Most delicious koeksisters recipe 5.00

Santie Koekemoer
Fantastic step-by-step koeksisters recipe. Perfect for beginners. 5.00

Ans Nieuwoudt
Thanks for the great instructions. It helped guide me understand how to make koeksisters. 5.00

Hantie Smith
I appreciate the fact that I can download this recipe and it is now stuck to the door of my refrigerator. This recipe works great. 5.00

Marietjie Coetzee
A lot of effort, but definitely worth it. Especially if you are one to follow traditions. The kids had lots of fun and they took some koeksisters to school to share with their friends and teachers. Everyone loved it. 5.00

Gerda Harmse
This must be an old koeksisters recipe. It shows exactly how koeksisters should be make. 5.00

Annemie Gouws
Now I can show my daughter how to make koeksisters and we can do it together. It is long overdue and she has been nagging me for months. Thank you. 5.00

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