How to Make Koeksisters – South Africa’s Favorite Sweet Pastry – Yummy South African Snacks

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How to Make Koeksisters - South Africa's Favorite Sweet Pastry - Yummy South African Snacks
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Recipe type: Dessert / Snacks / Confections
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 32
 
Koeksisters are a traditional sweet pastry in South Africa. These little twisted pastries are nice and crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. Saturated with a spiced syrup mixture, these little wonders will have you coming back time and time again.
Ingredients
For the Syup
  • 500ml Water
  • 1Kg White sugar
  • 2.5ml Cream of Zest and juice of 1 Lemon
  • 8cm Cinnamon stick
  • 8-10 Slices fresh ginger
  • 5ml Glycerin
For the Pastry
  • 4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 125g Shortening (baking lard)
  • ⅛ tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7.5ml Baking powder
  • 180ml Full cream milk (split 60ml / 60ml / 60ml)
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. To make the syrup, place the sugar, water, cream of tartar, sliced fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks in medium size pot.
  2. Place the pot over medium heat and bring this to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the mixture for 6 minutes.
  3. Add the lemon rind and juice and the glycerin. Stir this in and remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Once the syrup has cooled, cover the pot and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The following day, place the flour, shortening, baking powder and salt into your food processor and pulse this briefly 2 or three times to cut the shortening into the flour.
  6. Remove the lid, crack the eggs into the bowl and add the first 60ml milk.
  7. Switch the machine on high speed and allow this to mix for 20 seconds while tilting the machine from side to side.
  8. Add the second batch of milk and repeat the mixing process.
  9. Add the third batch of milk and run the machine for a further 30 seconds, tilting it back and forth.
  10. After the mixing, you will have a soft crumbly mass of pastry that will hold together when compressed.
  11. Sprinkle a little flour on your work surface and turn the pastry out.
  12. Work the pastry into a flat disc shape and wrap it in cling wrap.
  13. Allow this to stand for 60 minutes at room temperature.
  14. After the resting time, cut the pastry into 16 equal portions.
  15. Working with one portion at a time, work the pastry into a sausage shape about 4 inches in length.
  16. Place the pastry on a piece of plastic film, fold the film over to enclose the pastry, than roll it out to about 6mm or a quarter inch in thickness.
  17. Unfold the plastic and cut the pastry in half across the width.
  18. Cut each half into three along the length, leaving the narrower end intact.
  19. Plait each pieces using a simple 3 strand plait, put these aside and continue with the remaining pastries.
  20. Half fill a wok or large pan with oil and heat this to 180c or 350f.
  21. Carefully drop the pastries into oil in batches and fry them until well puffed and golden.
  22. Use your tongs to lift these one by one from the oil and dunk each one immediately into the ice cold syrup to get a good coating.
  23. Put the coated koeksisters aside and continue with the remaining batches.
  24. And there it is... a wonderful crispy, golden batch of South Africa's favorite pastries.

 

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