This sweet belongs among the most favorite sweets in Namibia and in the South Africa and Zimbabwe too. Cape Malay Koeksisters can be entangled or in the form of balls or cones. Recipe is for aproximately 30 pieces.
For the Dough
6 middle size potatoes
250 ml milk
60 ml oil
60 g melted butter
1 big egg
1 pack (10ml) instant dried yeast
60 ml sugar
5 šálků hladké mouky (5 x 250ml)
5 ml salt
7 ml ground cinnamon
5 ml ground ginger
2 ml ground aniseed
5 ml ground tangerine peel
2 ml ground cardamon
For the koeksister syrup
250 ml water
250 ml sugar
2 cardamone seeds a 1 whole cinnamone
making the Dough:
Stir in the sugar and then the spices, mixing well
Rub in ½ cup [125ml] of the oil slowly until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Pour the milk and water into a saucepan/bowl/jug with pouring spout and dissolve the remaining 1 tsp [5ml] sugar and the yeast in it.
Beat the egg and add it together with the milk mixture to the flour, mixing as you do so.
Mix to form a soft dough, do not knead and rub over it with hands moistened with a little of the extra oil
Cover the mixing bowl with pastic wrap and set aside in a warm place, for about 1½-2 hours until it doubles in size
Lightly oil a working surface using a little of the extra oil
Place dough on the working surface and roll it out until you can make a coil about 2? [5cm] diameter.
Using an oiled knife, cut off 2? [5cm] lengths. Flatten these lengths slightly.
Cover and set aside for 40 minutes to relax and rise further
Meanwhile make the syrup
Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a slow boil, stirring to ensure sugar does not burn.
Stir until the syrup begins to bubble and forms a film on the spoon
Heat the remaining oil in a deep saucepan, and fry the koeksisters, over medium heat, for +/- 6 minutes until lightly browned on each side
Test with a skewer to ensure center is cooked. Remove from oil.
Drain in colander or paper towel
Prick the koeksisters lightly with a fork
Reheat the syrup and boil the koeksisters in it for 2 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon.
Sprinkle a little of the dessicated coconut on a serving dish and place them on it.
Sprinkle coconut over each layer of koeksisters and serve warm with your best coffee.
All you’ll say is mmmmmm! Sheer heaven…. I know it’s absolute indulgence but we deserve something sweet every now and then.
I am surprised that these Koeksisters have not become equally as popular as the twisted variety.