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January 15, 2013

Cape Malay Koeksisters

Sticky, syrupy sweet treat - A South-African delicacy not to be missed

We have Koeksisters which is a sweet, sticky, braided, syrupy sweet treat in South-Africa. I have never made those and only buy from bakeries which I know is great.  

Koeksisters seem like a lot of work, and watching myself my family go through a few packets in an hour or two, does not work for me, not after going through all that, therefore when I found a recipe for the Cape Malay Koeksisters, which I think are easier to make, I grabbed the opportunity to make a batch.

These are not drenched right through with syrup as standard Koeksisters are and neither are they braided. It is a lot more spicy, though.

I followed the recipe, but really, it just did not work out the first time, so I made a couple of changes and made a large batch of delicious Cape Malay Koeksisters - my way... Whether this is still acceptable to wear the name, I have no idea.

UPDATE: If you want a simple version of the traditional koeksisters click HERE

Here is how I made them:

Cape Malay Koeksisters

{makes about 40 - 50}

3 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Self-Raising Flour
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 t Salt
2 t Ground Ginger
1 t Ground Cinnamon
2 t Ground Anise
1 t Cardemom, husks removed and grounded
2 t Tangerine Peel, finely grated
3/4 cup Sunflower Oil
1 Egg
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
1 TB Active Dry Yeast
1 t Sugar

Oil for deep-fry

2 1/4 cups Sugar
1 1/2 cups Water
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Cardamom Pods, husks removed and grounded

2 cups Coconut

1.) Place the Flour, Self-Raising Flour, Sugar, Salt, Ginger, Cinnamon, Anise, Cardemom and the grated Tangerine Peel in a large bowl - mix to combine - add the Oil, rub into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
2.) Mix the Milk and Water - divide into two smaller bowls - add the Yeast and Sugar to the one bowl and stir until dissolved - add the Egg to the other bowl, with the remaining Milk/Water mixture - beat well.
3.) Add first, the Milk/Water/Yeast to the Flour mixture, stir - add the Milk/Water/Egg also to the Flour mixture - mix until you have a soft dough - cover and leave 2 hours to rise {double in size}.
4.) Roll out the dough {on a floured base} to an approximate 5 centimeters {2 inch} thickness - cut into small squares - 2 1/2 centimeters {1 inch} - cover and leave to rise another 30 minutes.
5.) Boil the Sugar, Water, Cinnamon stick and Cardemom together until the Sugar has dissolved - this syrup must be kept warm all the time {not boiling, low heat - only to keep warm}.
6.) Heat the Oil for deep-fry to a medium heat - place a few pieces of dough in the Oil and fry 3 - 4 minutes until golden and cooked through - drain on paper towel and then dunk into the hot syrup for 30 seconds, turning and making sure the whole koeksister is covered, and some of the syrup has been absorbed.
7.) Finally, roll into the Coconut and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  It is worth the time to make this delicacy. After trying this Malay Koeksister, I might just consider making the traditional braided Koeksister !


  1. Yay for 300 posts :) What a coincidence that we hit the milestone on the same day! These koeksisters sound wonderfully sweet and spicy! Pinning to try after things settle down!

  2. congrats on 300 posts WOW, you are so organised! These look delicious!

  3. All the spices, I am in heaven! These look so good. I found you on Back for Seconds links.


  4. Hi Linda!
    Today I'm stopping by from the Freedom Friday link up. These look so tasty! Kudos to you for trying them again after they didn't work out the first time.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I've never heard of these, but they sound delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

  6. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Awseome!
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.

  8. Congrats on 300 and, these look so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!


  9. Hi Linda,
    These look so good. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

  10. I think I like this recipe better!


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