Sweet, syrupy koeksisters! A treat so YUM, no one can deny it!




PREP TIME 35mins

COOK TIME 20mins


For the syrup

  • 500 g Huletts Yellow Sugar
  • 6 ml cream of tartar
  • 4 ml fine salt
  • 15 ml fresh ginger, chopped
  • Juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 250 ml water

For the dough

  • 225 ml cornflour
  • 400 ml cake flour
  • 30 ml Huletts Yellow Sugar
  • 12 ml baking powder
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 25 g melted butter
  • 2 ℓ vegetable oil, for deep-frying


For the syrup

  1. Bring all the ingredients to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow to cool.

For the dough

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix with your hands until they have been incorporated. Let the dough rest for a few minutes.
  3. Place the dough on a floured work surface and roll out to a thickness of 2 ½ cm. Cut it into strips about 2 cm wide.
  4. Cut each strip into 3 strands but do not cut all the way through on one end. Carefully stretch the strands until they are an even length.
  5. Plait the strands and tightly pinch the end to seal.
  6. In a large pot, heat 8-10 cm of the oil. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of batter into the oil - if it is not hot enough, the batter will stay at the bottom of the pot rather than rise to the top. If using a deep fryer, fry at 350˚C.
  7. Gently place the koeksisters in the pot.
  8. Fry for a few minutes on each side making sure they are an even golden brown all round.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, remove the koeksisters from the hot oil and immediately place them in the cold syrup.
  10. Leave them to soak up the syrup, turning a few times to ensure that each side soaks up as much syrup as possible.
  11. Remove the koeksisters from the syrup, and transfer onto a cooling rack. Allow them to cool completely before serving.


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Conversion Table

Cups Tablespoons Grams
Butter 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g
Flour/Sifted 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 30g/27g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 40g/35g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 60g/55g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 120g/110g
Granulated Sugar 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 50g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 65g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 100g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 200g
Brown Sugar/ Firmly Packed 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 45g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 60g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 90g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 180g
Water 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 114g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g