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|Posted By:||nwdjtx||on 2011-09-02 18:22:22|
Koeksisters are a sweet treat and are normally served in South Africa with some coffee or tea.
- 4 cup(s) sugar
- 1 1/2 cup(s) water
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1-2 tsp. glycerine
- 4 cup(s) cake flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
- 4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 - 1 1/2 cup(s) milk or water
- 2 liters oil for deep-frying
- Slowly dissolve the sugar in the water over low heat.
- Add the cream of tartar, and boil the syrup for 5 minutes.
- Add the glycerine before removing the syrup from the heat. The glycerine gives the koeksister a shiny surface.
- Cool the syrup before using.
- Sift together the dry ingredients and rub in the grated butter or margarine with your fingertips or cut it in with a pastry cutter.
- Add the egg and the milk or water and mix into the dry ingredients to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth. Leave the dough for 2 hours or longer.
- Roll out until 1cm thick, cut into strips and plait or twist.
- Heat the oil to 375 degrees F in a large saucepan. Deep-fry 3 - 6 koeksisters at a time for 1 - 2 minutes or until golden brown on one side. Turn over with a fork and fry until golden brown on the other side.
- Remove with a slotted spoons, drain on paper towelling and then plunge into the cold syrup for a few seconds. (place the bowl with the cooled syrup in a large basin filled with ice cubes while dipping the koeksisters to prevent the syrup from becoming too warm.)
- Remove from the syrup with a slotted spoon to drain the excess syrup. Leave the koeksisters on a platter or dish to dry slightly.
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