• Chane Brown


This is a South African staple. Everyone loves koeksisters. It has a take on donuts for those of you that don't know. It is fried dough that sits in syrup that is filled with sugar, so therefore, it isn't the healthiest dessert. It is however a crowd pleaser so when you do plan to make them, make them for a party you are attending, otherwise you will eat them all. This is what we do. We will double this recipe and keep a few koeksisters for home for when we are feeling a bit naughty and the rest we give away. I hope that you enjoy this tried and true recipe as much as we do and please leave a comment about your thoughts on this recipe.


Koeksister's Dough

  • 4 Cups Cake Flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 4 TBSP Baking Powder

  • 8 TBSP of Butter

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1 Cup of Water

  • Oil for Frying

Syrup for the Koeksisters

  • 2 KG of Sugar (I know it is a lot)

  • 3 Cups of Water

  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger

  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks

  • Juice of 2 Lemons



Do this the night before as you want the syrup super cold

  1. Dissolve sugar in water

  2. Add spices and lemon juice and bring to a boil

  3. You can mix in a teaspoon or two of cream of tartar in place of the lemon juice

  4. Put the syrup in your fridge over night to cool


  1. Sift flour salt and baking powder

  2. Rub in butter and mix until pliable

  3. Mix with egg and water, adding the water a little at a time, knead well.

**Don't be stressed if the dough gets very sticky and clumps just continue to work the dough and it will ball up nicely.

4. Leave the dough to rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours under the inverted mixing bowl.

Making Koeksisters

  1. Roll out the dough to about 5mm thick. Your koeksisters will puff up in the frier.

  2. Cut into strips 5 cm long and 2cm wide. You can make it bigger or smaller with how you see fit.

  3. Cut each strip into 3 strips but not through the top. Now plait (braid) the dough and pinch it at the end. Alternatively you can loosely twist 2 strips.

  4. Deep fry the dough until golden brown - remove and drain quickly as you are going to dip the hot koeksisters into your cold syrup.

  5. Keeping syrup cold and the koeksisters hot when dipping is key to get the right amount of syrup drawn into the koeksisters to get that sweet pop that all sane South Africans love and crave

  6. A good trick to keeping the syrup cold is to place the syrup bowl into a container of iced water.

We constantly are using this recipe. Ryton's Godparents love this and we make this for them every time we are due for a visit. You cannot go wrong with this recipe. I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as our family does!

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