How to Make Koeksisters (South African Doughnuts)

by Natal Spice

Sweet, sugary delights, dunked in syrup!


  • 125 Milliliters (Syrup) Water
  • 125 Grams Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 500 Grams (Dough) Self-raising Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt
  • 125 Grams Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 125 Milliliters Milk
  • 100 Grams (Optional) Desiccated Coconut
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather the ingredients for the syrup. You need to make the syrup first 🕡

    Step 2

    Place all the ingredients in a pan, stir and gently heat till sugar dissolves 🕢

    Step 3

    Increase heat and simmer syrup, till it reduces to half it's original volume.Remove from heat, strain into a bowl and leave in fridge to cool, to use later on 🕤 Syrup done!✔

    Step 4

    Get the ingredients for the dough

    Step 5

    Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl, and add the butter, using your fingertips to create a fine crumb texture. Add the eggs, vanilla essence, and milk to the mixture, mixing till a dough is formed

    Step 6

    Tear a teaspoon sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Divide the ball into 3 and roll into long pieces. Attach all 3 pieces at the top and plait, and press together at the ends 🕥

    Step 7

    Heat oil, and fry plaited dough, on both sides in small batches until it changes to a golden colour

    Step 8

    Soak hot Koeksisters in cool syrup, roll in coconut (optional) and allow to cool 🕦💯✔♥