Dry Koeksisters

We do not really like to eat koeksisters, because they are just too sweet and syrupy for our liking. These koeksisters are a hit in our house because they do not soak in as much syrup as traditional koeksisters and that is why we call it dry koeksisters.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients: Dough

  • 500g Self Raising Flour
  • 2ml Salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 250ml Water
  • 10ml Melted Butter
  • Cooking Oil For Deep Frying

Ingredients: Syrup

  • 1000ml Sugar
  • 500ml Water
  • 15ml Golden Syrup
  • 12.5ml Glycerin
  • 5ml Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks



Mix the self raising flour and salt together.

Beat the egg and water together. Make a cavity in the flour mixture and pour the egg mixture into it. Also add the melted butter and mix until a soft dough. Knead dough well or knead with a mixer. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

Now make the syrup.


Place the sugar, water, golden syrup, glycerine, cream of tartar, salt and cinnamon in a large saucepan and bring to the boil; stir it once or twice. Let it cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the stove and allow to cool slightly.

Roll out the dough, cut into strips and braid or twist. Or use a koeksister cutter if you have one.

Fry the koeksisters in cooking oil until brown. Scoop them out, dip in the syrup and place on a wire rack.

Cool the koeksisters before serving.

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Koeksisters can also be frozen.

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