I bet the majority of people in SA have tried or eaten a koeksister. They are everywhere; Church bazaars, school fetes, craft markets, leading supermarkets sell them…….. The list goes on.
I personally can’t remember when and where I had my first taste which actually doesn’t matter because I love them anyway.
These deep fried golden braids are not for devoted dieters, gym enthusiasts, gravel stompers or people who don’t have a sweet tooth and when I make them, I don’t skimp on size……..I go BIG!!
4 Cups of sugar
2 cups of water
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. golden syrup
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Stick of cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
Combine in a pot and bring to a gentle simmer till sugar is melted. Remove from stove and allow cooling. Once completely cooled place in the fridge. The syrup must be ice cold before use so it is important to make this syrup in advance.
2.5 cups of flour
1 Sachet Instant Yeast
2 Tbsp. Sunflower Oil
175ml lukewarm water (add more if needed)
Mix everything together in a bowl until a firm, elastic dough forms. Wrap in cling-wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and roll out to a thickness of about 6.5mm. Cut into 3 equal rectangular strips (about 10 x 3cm). Plait the strips and pinch either end closed to ensure they don’t unravel when frying. Makes about 20.
Deep fry till golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and immediately dunk into cold syrup. Leave for 5 minutes to soak. Experience crispy gorgeousness on the outside and soft gooeyness on the inside.