Total Time
1hr 10mins
1 hr
10 mins

This is a South African recipe, from one of my mom's ancient cook-books.

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  1. First make syrup. Heat water in saucepan, add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add cream of tartar, ginger and cinamon.
  3. Boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Do not stir.
  4. Remove from stove and chill.
  5. While syrup is chilling, make the koeksisters.
  6. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  7. Add butter and rub it in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  8. Beat eggs and milk together and add to dry ingredients.
  9. Mix dough well then knead lightly for 2 minutes to make it pliable.
  10. Cover basin with wax paper and leave for 1 hour.
  11. Roll out dough to 1cm thick.
  12. Cut strips (rectangles) 8cm x 4 cm, then make 2 vertical cuts in each strip, starting 5mm from the top and cutting down right to the bottom.
  13. Plait strips loosely and secure at loose end.
  14. Heat oil to 190C and deep-fry koeksisters for 1 minute. Not too many at once.
  15. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel for 1 minute and then dip in syrup for until soaked (1 minute).
  16. Remove from syrup and place on dish to dry.