Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a traditional South African dessert. These very addictive treats are not for people who are conscious of weight or sugar intake! These freeze fantastically well and are thus a great lifesaver for when unexpected company arrive. Time to make does not include overnight chilling time.
- 5 cups flour
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups milk
- 3 eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 5 teaspoons butter
- 12 cups sugar
- 6 cups water
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons citric acid (original recipe says tartaric acid)
- oil (for frying)
- Rub butter into flour, baking powder, salt.
- Beat eggs and milk and then mix into above.
- Place dough in ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight.
- Bring all ingredients to boil stirring all the time and boil for 5 minutes.
- Cool down.
- Store in fridge overnight – must be well chilled.
- Making and assembling:.
- Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick and cut strips 1 inch wide and 2 1/2 inches long.
- Take ends of dough and twist and seal off ends by pressing together.
- Fry in hot deep oil.
- Dunk instantly into ice cold syrup.
My husband is South African and told me about these and how much I'd love them...which I do! The only thing we do differently is add the juice of half a lemon and some fresh crushed ginger to the syrup...delicious!
This recipe was delicious! I had to make a dish from Africa for my geography class so I decided that this was the perfect recipe! Anyways..I also agree that the dough was too sticky to handle so I suggest that you should knead the dough while adding 3/4 cup of flour (at seperate times). It worked out great for me. Thanks for the recipe!!
These were yummy!! I have a friend from South Africa and when I came across this recipe I thought it would be fun to try out something from there..lol..I fried them this morning after making the dough last night, and they were very nice!! however even though they are really nice I dont really think there is anything 'special' to it. My only problem with this is that the dough was a bit too sticky for me to handle, and I couldn't braid them :( I tried to at first, but after three braids I gave up and just cut it into strips. However it might have been my fault, because I halved this recipe and since it calls for 3 eggs I added 2, so, it's a possibility that this was the problem, Very nice ;) thanks!