Snack Sunday

This weeks recipe for snack Sunday is Koeksisters. Koeksisters are basically South African doughnuts, and most commonly there’s is two types. My grandmas recipe is a fusion of the more traditional Afrikaner version, and the spiced cape Malay type. This recipe uses a similar syrup used in the Afrikaner variation, but is also covered in desiccated coconut, like the Cape Malay variation.


125ml Water
125g Sugar
3 Tablespoons Honey
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
1 Teaspoon Golden Syrup
1 Teaspoon Ginger (I used ginger jam, since I couldn’t find any ginger)
2 Cinnamon sticks

500g Self-raising flour
2 Teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
125g Butter
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
125ml Milk


1. Place all the ingredients in a pan, stir and gently heat till sugar dissolves.
2. Increase heat and simmer syrup, till it reduces to half it’s original volume.
3. Remove from heat, strain into a bowl and leave in fridge to cool, to use later on.


1. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl, and add the butter, using your fingertips to create a fine crumb texture.
2. Add the eggs, vanilla essence, and milk to the mixture, mixing till a dough is formed.

3. Tear a teaspoon sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Divide the ball into 3 and roll into long pieces. Attach all 3 pieces at the top and plait, and press together at the ends.
4. Heat oil, and fry plaited dough, on both sides in small batches until it changes to a golden colour.

5. Soak hot Koeksisters in cool syrup, roll in coconut (optional) and allow to cool.
Enjoy 🙂



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