Crisp on the outside and soaked in sweet, spiced syrup
Last week a South African friend shared the below recipe on Facebook and seeing as I was going to a Braai (BBQ) at her house, I decided I would try my hand at making some as a special surprise.
I’ve never made Koeksisters before but tried them at another South African party and loved them. They have a crisp exterior and literally sopping wet with a sweet spiced syrup. Pronounced ‘Cook-Sisters’, these treats are a traditional South African dish that no doubt originates with the first Dutch settlers to the country.
Make them the day before
The recipe isn’t difficult in my opinion but the syrup should be made the day before to give it time to thicken slightly and to cool completely. After that, the rest is a breeze and this recipe will give you about three dozen donuts which are perfect for sharing at any party or bbq, especially if you have sweet tooths in the family!
4. Heat a pan with about an inch of vegetable oil on low until it starts sizzling when you place a tiny piece of dough in the oil. In the meantime, place your pan of syrup into another pan filled with ice water so as to keep it cool.
5. Fry the Koeksisters until golden brown on both sides. Scoop them out of the hot oil with a slotted spoon and transfer them immediately into the syrup and let them sit there as long as you can. Keep frying the Koeksisters and once you’ve run out of room in the pan take out the ones that have soaked the longest and place them on a wire rack to cool.
6. The Koeksisters should literally be oozing with syrup, inside and out. Once all your donuts are made, place them into a dish and cover them with the remaining syrup. Let them sit in the syrup until it’s almost time to serve them then place them on the wire rack again to drain off. Enjoy ~