Saturday, 9 January 2016


First version from:


800 ml water
1.5 kg sugar
2.5 teaspoons (12.5ml) cream of tartar
2.25 tablespoons (40ml) lemon juice

4 cups of plain flour, - 8 tbalespoons of flour, + 8 tablespons of cornflour, equiv to 4 cups (250ml) cake flour
1.5 tablespoons (25ml) baking powder
1 tablespoon (20ml) margarine
1/2 large beaten egg
245ml water

Sunflower oil



  • Place the water, sugar and cream of tartar in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Once the syrup starts to boil, add the lemon juice and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Place the syrup in the fridge to cool.


  • Put the flour and baking powder together in a food processor.
  • Blend in the butter.
  • Add the beaten ½ egg to the water and whisk to incorporate.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture.
    Pour in the water mixture and then start to mix until a smooth dough has formed.
    Knead thoroughly.
    Cover with clingfilm and leave to rest for at least 15 minutes or up to 5 hours.
  • Heat the oil to 160 °C.
  • Using an oiled rolling pin, roll out the dough on an oiled surface to a thickness of 5 mm.
    Cut the dough into rectangles of 6 x 15 cm
    Cut each rectangle lengthways into 3 strips, leaving one side uncut.
    Plait the 3 strips and press the cut ends together firmly.
  • Fry in batches of 6 in the hot oil for 6–7 minutes, or until dark golden brown.
    Drain them for a few seconds on paper towels.
    Keep the rest of the koeksisters covered to prevent them from drying out.
  • Dip the koeksisters into the ice-cold syrup while they are still hot.
    Remove from the syrup with a slotted spoon and place on a wire rack. 
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