Mom walked into our room, with warm tea on a tray and a bowl of warm sugary koesisters, greeting us all with her warm loving smile. Yes indeed, it was Sunday morning in the heart of beautiful Cape Town and all was well with the world.


Recipe by Fatima SydowCourse: Dessert


  • 4 & ½ cups of cake flour

  • 1 tsp of baking powder

  • 10 grams of instant yeast

  • 1 tbsp of caster sugar

  • 3 tbsp of melted butted

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1 cup of soft mashed potatoes

  • 3 tsp of naartjie peel powder or zest

  • 1 & ½ tbsp of freshly grated ginger

  • 1 tsp of mix spice

  • 2 tbsp of aniseed

  • 2 tsp of fine cinnamon

  • ½ a tsp of ground cardamom seeds

  • 1 & ½ cups of lukewarm water

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 cups of sugar

  • 3 cups of water

  • 5 pieces of stick cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, the dough will be quite sticky so do not be tempted to add any more flour, just use some oil on your hands when kneading. Cover with a tea towel or cling film and allow to rise for 90 minutes in a warm and dark area of your kitchen.
  • Next, knock down the dough and using a little oil on your hands, shape little oblong shapes and deep fry in oil in a deep saucepan on a medium to high heat until brown on both sides. Remove from the oil. To make the syrup, in a large saucepan, boil the water, sugar and cinnamon sticks until bubbling.
  • Dip the koeksisters into the warm sugar syrup and allow soaking for a minute. Using a slotted spoon place koeksisters in a bowl and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

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