Treasure Coast News, Business and Community July 2012 - Page 12

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A South African dessert often sold at flea markets and church fundraiser’s, Wikipedia’s definition: a syrup-coated doughnut in a twisted or braided shape (like a plait or braided hair ). They are prepared by deep-frying dough in oil then dipping the fried dough into cold sugar syrup.

If you like doughnuts, you'll LOVE Koeksusters!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups water

6 cups sugar

2 tbs lemon juice

3 tbs syrup

1 tbs glycerine (optional)

Strips of 1 lemon rind

1 piece of crushed ginger

4 pieces cinnamon or cassia

DIRECTIONS

Make the syrup at least a day in advance. Chill.

Dissolve sugar in water. Add remaining ingredients & boil for 5 minutes. Chill overnight.

Make one basic bun dough recipe & leave it to rise to double its size.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is 1cm thick.

Cut into small rectangles ( About 3 cm x 6cm ).

Cut each rectangle into 3 strips & “very loosely” plait the strips joining the ends with a little beaten egg.

Cover loosely with cling wrap & leave to rise for 30 minutes.

Fry in deep oil over medium heat until golden.

Immerse into the ice cold syrup as you remove it from the oil.

Drain on cooling racks.

Koeksusters