How To Make Koeksisters


Koeksisters are easier on the mind and hands than vetkoeks.

Vetkoeks are deep fried bread dough then filled with meat or fruit, very filling and like all bread takes time to nurture the rising process.

Koeksisters are similar but more like a cake.


  • 9 oz of brown sugar
  • 1/4 pint water, cinnamon
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 egg
  • 6 oz self-raising flour
  • oil for frying.


Dissolve the sugar in the water. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon with a piece of lemon. bring to the boil then allow to cool, discarding the lemon.

Add the butter, beat in the egg and get it creamy. Sift the flour and mix with the butter/sugar mix until smooth.

Roll into a 9′ square and cut into 18 pieces ( 3′x11/2′). Cut two slits in each piece but leave them joined at the top, so it looks like a thing with three legs.

Plait the legs and pinch the ends to seal. Heat oil to 350 F and fry for 4-5 minutes, dip in syrup and serve hot.

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