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    Koeksisters (South African Syrup-Soaked Fritters)

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    evelyn/athens's Note:

    This recipe was given to me by my South African cousin a long, long time ago. They are delicious little fritters (atleast the way she makes them) that are soaked in a spicy syrup. We have them with tea.

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    1. 1
      Prepare syrup the day before making the koeksisters and chill thoroughly.
    2. 2
      Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat.
    3. 3
      Add spices and knob of ginger.
    4. 4
      Boil together for 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.
    6. 6
      Rub in butter finely, add beaten eggs with enough milk to blend into a stiff dough.
    7. 7
      Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    8. 8
      Roll out to 5 mm (1/4 inch?) thick and cut into strips approximately 70 x 30 mm (3 x 1 inches).
    9. 9
      With a sharp knife, cut each strip into 3 smaller ones, leaving them attached at one end.
    10. 10
      Plait (braid) loosely and pinch ends to secure.
    11. 11
      Drop a few at a time into hot oil.
    12. 12
      Cook until lightly-browned and puffed.
    13. 13
      Lift out and drain for just 1 minute of crumpled paper towels, then drop at once into chilled syrup.
    14. 14
      Soak in syrup, lift out and drain in a sieve until dry.
    15. 15
      Note: I'm sure my cousin got a larger yield than this, she made hers very small and dainty.
    16. 16
      You can make them the size that suits your needs and aesthetics.
    17. 17
      I like them small and dainty, but that's the only way I've ever had them.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 08, 2010


      what a bust.....

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    • on June 24, 2008


      I took the advice of a previous reviewer & included some cream of tartar to prevent crystallization in the syrup, but I also definitely enjoyed the spicy combo of clove, ginger & cinnamon ~ VERY, VERY NICE! I'm not a big fan of deep frying, but I have no problem with this recipe ~ Everything went together very easily & the taste of these little buggers, OUTSTANDING! [Made & reviewed while touring Africa on the Zaar World Tour 4]

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    • on May 13, 2007


      Adding a ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar to the syrup will prevent crystallization. I put only fresh ginger in the syrup while it boils. I think the other spices are unnecessary.

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    Nutritional Facts for Koeksisters (South African Syrup-Soaked Fritters)

    Serving Size: 1 (2056 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 321.4
    Calories from Fat 52
    Total Fat 5.8 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 34.5 mg
    Sodium 163.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 64.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 37.6 g
    Protein 3.4 g

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