South African Koeksisters
South African Koeksisters are rather like an unsweetened donut served as a snack.
Koeksisters are a very spiced and very popular part of the South African cuisine. South African Koeksisters are very similar in nature to a donut such as you might purchase, but are usually done at home and are eaten warm with syrup on them.
A Koeksisters is a very simple thing to make but the are striking in appearance and in taste. Braided, rather then oval or circular in nature they are coated in a thick rich syrup that makes them a very popular sweet treat with everyone who tastes them.
They are similar also to the taste of French toast, so they pack well to go along with you on travel trips and in lunches.
They don’t need to be warm to be enjoyed by they are not overly sweet in nature so you do want to add some type of syrup in which to dip them.
You can easily emulate this traditional treat from the South African cuisine by using the recipe below to make your own South African Koeksisters.
To make the dough:
* 1½ to 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1½ tsp baking powder
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 1 tsp nutmeg
* ½ tsp allspice
* ½ cup butter
* 4 eggs
* vegetable oil to fry them in
To make the syrup for coating and dipping:
* 1½ pounds granulated sugar
* 1 pint water
* ½ tbsp cinnamon
Boil the sugar, water and cinnamon until it begins to get thick. to make the syrup for dipping Combine the flour, the sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. (some people also include about a 1/4 tsp of cloves in this mixture) Begin the koeksisters. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl.
Beat the eggs into the mix and when it begins to form a ball then roll it out in waxed paper layers until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top layer of waxed paper and cut the dough out into rectangles that are about 3×3 in size.
You may also, if you prefer them to be more traditional, cut the dough for your koeksisters into strips and braid them.
Heat your oil to about 350 and fry the koeksisters til they are golden brown. Serve them warm with cool syrup for a taste that is out of this world.
Koeksisters are a part of the traditional cuisine of South Africa. South African Koeksisters are delicious whether you serve them warm or cold, and the syrup equally can be served either way. This dessert or snack time treat will put anyone in a good mood.
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