Koeksisters (South African Syrup-Soaked Fritters)

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 35mins




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