Ingredients for the DOUGH

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 table spoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 4tbsp butter/margarine
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Oil for frying

Ingredients for Syrup

  • 500g sugar
  • 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp.  ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Ru in the butter and mix until pliable
  3. mix this with egg and water (adding water at a time)
  4. Work the dough well.  If the dough appears to be lumpy and sticky, continue to work the dough until it will ball up.
  5. Let the dough rest at room temperature for about three hours (under an inverted mixing bowl.

Method in making Syrup:  

  1. Dissolve sugar in the water.
  2. Add all the spices and lemon juice to this and boil together. Leave the syrup to cool in the fridge overnight.

To Prepare the Koeksisters:

  1. Roll out the dough (thickness 5mm)
  2. Cut the dough into strips of 6cm long, 2cm wide)
  3. Cut each of these strip into 3 strips and make a twist like a hair twist, and pinch together the end.
  4. Deep fry in hot oil, within 3 minutes in low temperature just enough to brown the dough. Once cook, drain it quickly. And add the syrup. ( The secret is make the syrup so cold while the koeksisters hot this way it will draw enough syrup.