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There are many different variations of this recipe. The old fashioned way was to make them with yeast but this a quick and easy recipe where they are made with baking powder.
3 Cups Flour (Cake or All purpose)
44ml Baking Powder
Cooking Oil for deep frying
5 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Water
25ml Lemon Juice
10ml Vanilla Essence
Heat the sugar and water over low heat without a lid, just until it starts to boil. Stir most of the time until all the sugar is dissolved. Boil very slowly for 7 minutes, if it boils to fast it becomes too thick and will not saturate the Koeksisters. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice and vanilla essance. Keep aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour mixture. Use a pastry knife/cutter while drizzling the milk into the flour mixture. “Cut” into the flour until dough is formed.
Work very gently and do not over mix, else they will not puff up in the oil. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about a ¼”and cut into small strips +-3”long x 1”wide. Cut each strip into two, lengthwise (not all the way through), leaving one side uncut. Now plait/twist the pieces and press the ends firmly together. Some people make three cuts – it’s up to you.
Deep-fry the Koeksisters in small batches until golden brown. Submerge them, hot out of the oil, into the syrup that you have set aside before. Keep them submerged until the next batch of golden brown Koeksisters are ready to go into the syrup. Stack them on a plate to cool off.
Keep them refrigerated because at room temperature all the syrup will ooze out. Enjoy!