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Koeksister recipes
Koeksister recipes

Koeksisters are a beloved traditional South African sweet. This week, we give it all kinds of extra twists, from a churro version to skuinskoek (Karoo doughnut) soaked in syrup – we have something to suit every sweet tooth

CHURROS (THE SPANISH ‘SISTER’)

A type of choux dough, churro dough doesn’t need to rise for a long time. The dough is piped into hot oil using a piping bag. Use a star-shaped nozzle as this will ensure the edges are nice and crisp.

Churros the spanish ‘sister’
Churros the spanish ‘sister’

KOEKSISTER BUTTONS WITH SESAME SEEDS

We cheated and used readymade bread dough for this recipe. The sesame seeds add a lovely nuttiness to these bite-sized koeksisters.

Koeksister buttons with sesame seeds
Koeksister buttons with sesame seeds

ANISEED SKUINSKOEK (KAROO DOUGHNUTS)

For this recipe, we dunked freshly baked skuinskoek in sugar syrup to turn it into a different type of koeksister.

Aniseed skuinskoek (karoo doughnuts)
Aniseed skuinskoek (karoo doughnuts)

WALNUT KOEKSISTER BITES

These are always popular. The koeksister bites can be packaged in sealed bags and frozen for up to 2 months.

Walnut koeksister bites
Walnut koeksister bites


COCONUT BOLLAS IN CARDAMOM SYRUP

Bollas are a Cape Malay sweet treat that’s similar to koeksisters. The dough is soft and fluffy, it’s soaked in cardamom-spices syrup and rolled in desiccated coconut. 

Coconut bollas in cardamom syrup
Coconut bollas in cardamom syrup

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