Koeksisters made with Butter

I love koeksisters, it’s a real South African favourite. It’s dipped in syrup while still hot from frying in the oil. My own recipe, enjoy!

Sift together 230ml flour, 11ml baking powder, and 1ml salt.

Rub in 12 and 1/2 ml unsalted butter at room temperature.

Add 200ml fresh milk and knee the dough till the dough becomes elastic like.

Cover with cling wrap and set aside to rest at room temperature for 3 hrs and 30 minutes.

In a pot add 4 cups of white sugar and 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of golden syrup.

Let it boil and wait until the sugar is dissolved then add the 30ml lemon juice.

Set aside to cooldown to room temperature.

Take a piece of dough and cut a small cut in the middle, take the one side and fold it over and set aside till the dough is finished. It makes about 30 koeksisters.

Set aside on a baking tray covered with baking paper and place a half wet towel on top so that it doesn’t dry out. Do this until all the dough is finished.

Now in a deep fryer add the oil till maximum level. Put the setting to 180 degrees Celsius and wait for the oil to reach temperature.

After it has reached temperature, add the koeksisters one by one, let it fry till just golden brown.

Take the koeksister and while it is still wheezing making a noise from the oil dip it immediately into the syrup.

Place on a rack for the koeksisters to cool off. The koeksisters should be see through and the syrap should be everywhere in the koeksister.

The koeksisters will puff up more in the oil, the trick with the koeksisters is that the oil should not be too hot or cold and the koeksisters should be fried when just turning golden brown and still hot to dip into the syrup for at least a few seconds.

They are a traditional South-African treat and it is very delicious with some coffee or tea on the side!

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