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A koeksister is a traditional
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confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey. There is also a
Cape Malay version
Cape Malay version
of the dish, which is a fried ball of dough that is rolled in desiccated coconut called a koesister. The name derives from the Dutch word "koek", which generally means a wheat flour confectionery, also the origin of the American English word "cookie", and "sister" can refer to the oral tradition of two sisters plaiting their doughnuts and then dunking them in syrup, so creating this iconic pastry. "Sis" can also refer to the sizzling sound. Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited
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dough
strips in
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, then submersing the hot fried dough into ice cold
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sugar
syrup. Koeksisters have a golden crunchy crust and liquid syrup centre, are very sticky and sweet, and taste like
honey Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance made by honey bees Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance made by honey bees and some other Bee, bees. Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants (floral nectar) or from secretion ...

honey
.
Laurens van der Post Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, (13 December 1906 – 15 December 1996) was a 20th-century South African Afrikaner Afrikaners () are an ethnic group in Southern Africa descended from Free Burghers, predominantly Dutch settlers first a ...
(1970) ''African Cooking'', Time-Life Books, New York
Popular brands include Ouma Rooi Koeksisters, whose founder won the Huletts Koeksister Competition before taking part in the popular South African Koekedoor Show. A monument of a koeksister in the Afrikaner community of Orania alludes to the Afrikaner tradition of baking them to raise funds for the building of churches and schools. File:Koeksisters shop CT.jpg, A shop specialising in the production and sale of koeksisters in Cape Town. image:Orania Koeksuster Sculpture (4659267641) (2).jpg, Koeksister Monument in Orania


See also

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List of African dishes This is a list of notable dishes found in African cuisine, a generalized term collectively referring to the cuisines of Africa. The continent of Africa is the second-largest landmass on Earth, and is home to hundreds of different cultural and et ...
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List of doughnut varieties Doughnuts are a type of List of fried dough foods, fried dough food. The following is a list of doughnut varieties. Variations and specialties by region The terms below constitute either names for different doughnut types created using local r ...


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