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A koeksister a day may make your teeth fall out – but its worth it if had with a dessert #wine

Its as South African as a Braai, and a personal favorite, and the weather calls for sustenance. 

This is the best recipe which will bring joy to the whole family.Image

But for the adults the wine matching is important and we recommend a Sweet wine.  

The Nederberg Winemasters NLH 2010 is a winner. 

Aromas of honey, tangerine supported by apricot and dried peach flavours. 

A subtle balance between acid and sugar with dried fruit and vanilla spice notes. Made from 

71% Chenin Blanc, 29% Muscat de Frontignan @ R83 or the 

Pierre Jordan Ratafia 375ml which is 100% Chardonnay fortified with delicious Pierre Jourdan Fine de Jourdan (brandy). 

Ratafia is a fun drink, packed with rich honey flavours. The taste is delicate and enticing. The nose a melange of tropical flavours and we have it at R70. http://www.salewine.co.za 



The main event

For this recipe you need both cream of tartar and citric acid. Cream of tartar is acidic however it also provides a creamy texture to the syrup, when the hot crispy fried koeksister is dunked into the cold syrup the cream of tartar will provide the creamy luxurious velvety texture to the syrup. The citric acid on the other hand prevents crystallization of the sugar syrup and provides the required acidity. Citric acid is also used for making elderflower cordial (acting as a preservative and preventing crystallization). If you do not have citric acid to hand use extra lemon juice instead.

Cook’s Notes:

  1. Always make the syrup first, even a day in advance, and ensure it’s very cold, refrigerated and keep it over ice while frying the koeksisters.
  2. Divide the syrup in two and alternate keeping it as cold as possible for the entire cooking and dunking time of the koeksisters.
  3. Even though you might feel that the quantity of raising agent is a bit too much for your liking please do not alter the recipe, it is correct and will result into a light koeksister – the dough can easily become tough and heavy.
  4. Leave the dough to rest for 10 minutes before starting to shape them.
  5. Once cooked and dunked let them rest for one day – if you can resist temptation!
  6. The cooked and dunked koeksisters will keep for up to 7 days in the fridge and even freeze well.

For the Syrup

  • 1kg caster sugar
  • 800ml cold water
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 30g fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
  • 1/2 teaspoon tartaric acid

For the Dough

  • 600g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few gratings of nutmeg
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder
  • 50g cold unsalted butter
  • 375ml buttermilk

For the syrup: Place all the ingredients apart from the lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir to dissolve, once boiling stop stirring and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer the syrup for 15 – 20 minutes, till the syrup has reduced by one third and becomes glossy, slightly thickened and the colour has changed slightly with a golden tinge. Add the lemon juice and cool the syrup over ice, best made one day in advance. Keep chilled. When you are ready to make dunk the koeksisters, pass the syrup through a fine sieve and chill over ice.

For the dough: Weigh the flour, salt, nutmeg, baking powder and cold butter into the bowl of a mixer, attach the paddle and mix to rub the butter into the flour until it represents fine breadcrumbs. Add the buttermilk bits at a time and mix well. Turn the soft dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and work the dough for 4-5 minutes till a smooth ball. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 25 even size balls (if you are pedantic like me then weigh them into 40g balls). Roll each ball into a 20cm long, thin, even sausage and then fold the sausage in half and twist the two strands together, pinch the ends to seal them together. ** Do not use too much flour for the rolling as this will make the dough tough, dry and will foam when fried. ** Shape all the dough and place them on a baking tray, covering it lightly with clingfilm or a damp tea towel.

Heat a deep fat fryer filled with sunflower oil to 180 °C (follow manufacturer’s instructions), once the oil is hot then fry three at a time and fry each until golden brown for about 6 – 8 minutes, turn them occasionally for a even golden brown colour. Remember that you do want a deep golden brown colour and not a light colour. It’s got to be crispy and cooked all the way through. Once cooked and golden carefully transfer them to the ice cold syrup, leave them in the syrup for 5 minutes whilst continuing to fry the rest. Transfer the dunked koeksisters from the syrup to a tray. Once all the dough is cooked and dunked pour the remaining syrup over the koeksisters. Its recommended to keep them in a single layer. Keep refrigerated till needed.




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