Koeksisters – what’s in a name?


KoeksustersAs any South African visitor will have noticed, my blog’s name is somewhat of a pun – if you happen to understand Afrikaans! Back home in SA we have a sweet pastry known as a “koeksister” (literally translated as “cake sizzler” and pronounced “cook-sister”).  The name comes form the Dutch koek (cake) and sissen  (sizzle) – presumable a reference to the sizzling sound they make when being deep fried.  It is one of the few things which, despite the huge South African population in London, I have not seen in mainstream stores. This is not to say that someone, somewhere is not producing them in England – I just have not come across them.

So what exactly is a koeksister? Well, the best analogy I can find is with doughnuts as they are also sweet doughy fritters, but that’s as far as the similarity goes. With koeksisters, the dough is rolled out flat and then plaited in 6cm lengths, deep-fried and then soaked in syrup and chilled overnight. They are absolutely delicious with tea or coffee and I have also seen miniature koeksisters served in lieu of petit fours. Below is a recipe, if you are in the mood for getting plaiting! But there is something of a dispute raging as to the provenance of these teatime treats.

On the one hand, we have the Afrikaans community who hold koeksisters dear and say that they were invented by their forebears as they colonised the Cape. On the other hand, we have the Cape Malay community who also claim koeksusters as their own, albeit with a different name (koesisters) in a somewhat different form – their variety is less sweet, spicier, covered with desiccated coconut and twisted as opposed to plaited. The taste is definitely more doughnuty than the Afrikaner version. Click here for a recipe for these – any comments on which is your favourite would be interesting to hear…



6 cups of water
24g of root ginger
2.5kg granulated sugar

6 cups plain flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
125g of butter
2 eggs
125ml evaporated milk
312ml lukewarm water
a pinch of salt
oil for frying


To make the syrup (to be made the day before and left in the fridge to cool):

Boil 3 cups of water together with the peeled and sliced root ginger. Remove the ginger and add 3 more cups of water. Bring to boil again.

Add the sugar and allow to boil for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and store in fridge – it has to be kept in the fridge as you need your syrup to be chilled!

For the pastry:

Mix all the ingredients together and knead well, then leave to rest for 2 hours.

Roll the dough flat into an oval/square until it is 5mm thick. Cut the dough into strips 2.5cm wide. Then cut these strips into lengths of 6cm so that you are left with rectangles 2.5cm x 6cm.

Make two cuts along the length of the rectangles so that you can plait them – you are aiming for a plait similar to a 3-strand hair plait. Leave the strips attached at one end to make handling easier.

When you have plaited each one, press the three strands together firmly at the loose end end so that they do not come undone. Deep-fry each koeksister in hot oil until crisp and golden brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon and dip the whole cooked koeksister immediately into your chilled syrup. Remember – the koeksister has to be hot and the syrup cold in order for the syrup to be absorbed by the dough! Remove from the syrup and allow to cool on a paper towels before eating.

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  1. Yolande says

    Dit sal fantasties wees as jy vir my ‘n paar resepte kan stuur, sodat ek vir al die huis mense in my huis kan Afrikaanse kos begin maak!!!
    Die respepte lyk heerlik!!!

  2. says

    Yolande – dankie dat jy kom kuier het! Sê maar net watter soort resepte jy soek en ek sal hulle aanstuur – of sommer net op Cooksister “post”! Stuur maar die versoeke deur!

  3. alet says

    Ek het per ongeluk op jou site afgekom. Ek sit hier in Fresno, California.
    Is op soek na ‘n resep vir “spitsroken” – dis amper soos koeksusters maar die is ‘n deeg wat lyk soos vetkoek deeg wat jy drup in die olie en die stroop is byna dieselfde as koeksuster stroop. As iemand dalk weet daarvan sal dit so waardeer word.

  4. Donald Dodson says

    I have a market stall in Petersfield, Hampshire and sell koeksusters, boerewors, biltong, drywors, ruske and loads of other goodies every Wednesday and Saturday. Anyone can order from me at the above e-mail address – or on Tel. 01730 894478

  5. unwa jacobs says

    how do I know that you as European people know how to make a cape malay koeksister? This is not a racist comment I just would like to know because I am a cape malay and it was an integral part of our culture when growing up but the boere koeksuster is a twisted sister and completely different. I no longer live in S.A. and am looking for a good recipe to make rooikrans boerewors. Can you help? I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Missing home!

  6. Anneke says

    Hoi! Ik zal zeker dit recept eens uitproberen, het lijkt me erg spannend. Het doet een beetje denken aan chinese ‘dumplings’ :)

  7. megean says

    ive come a cross some koeksusters in the south of england in hampshire there are two shops that sell them and they are tasty pitty that they are not all over london though but still not the same as the ones back in the cape where i grew up

  8. says

    this sounds delicious!
    as a child in Yugoslavija my family made something that was called “Prügelkrapfen” (a “Krapfen is similar to a donut in dough actually). I don’t know therecipethough, but it was a huge thing andit was made over open fire in the patio. There was a construction similar to the one where you roast a pig over open fire, with a handle that had to be constantly moved so the “Prügelkrapfen” would notz just burn on oneside and be raw on the other. You rolled / twisted the dough onto the “Prügel” (metal stick), then smeared honey ora sugary syrup on the dough rolled it over the fire, put more dough on it and again the sweet stuff, and so forth – without end it seemed. And after what seemed an eternity we could pluck the sweet and crispy “Prügelkrapfen” from it’s stick. Gawd, I loved it! But where can you have an open firein your patio nowaday …. and who would have such a construction? But your koeksusters looks very much like the stuff. And it sounds a lot like it. Wish I could try it.

  9. passionfruit says

    And anybdy has any idea how many calories each one have? I guess thousands!!! But it tastes like HEAVEN!!!!

  10. Teresa says

    Ek was besig om kersfees resepte te soek toe ek per ongeluk(Geluk) op jou koeksister resep afgekom het. Ek bly in Madeira Portugal en toe ek jou resep gesien het het ek onthou van die dae toe ek in die Vrystaat gebly het. Ek het grootgeword in Reitz;Vrystaat en koeksisters was vir my die lekkerste ding gewees wanneer ons skou gehad het.Baie dankie vir die resep. Ek gaan dit probeer sodat my kinders kan proe hoe lekker dit is..

  11. sally abrahams Durbs 2 London says

    I am a south african living in london and do authenic durbs style cuisine. I supply freshly cooked curries and snacks to order.

  12. sally abrahams Durbs 2 London says

    I am a south african living in london and do authenic durbs style cuisine. I supply freshly cooked curries and snacks to order.

  13. sally abrahams Durbs 2 London says

    I am a south african living in london and do authenic durbs style cuisine. I supply freshly cooked curries and snacks to order.

  14. tony hulme says

    I loved the home made black crusted white loaf that I used to have when I was visiting my afrikaner friends house, I have been trying to find the recipe its something like the scotch bread that we used to get in england but it is not sold where I am anymore.Can anyone give me the recipe. Thank you.

  15. Carine says

    Hi, my Skotse man het koeksisters ontdek toe hy die eerste keer in Suid Afrika gekuier het en hy kon nie genoeg daarvan kry nie! Hy smeek my nou al jare lank om vir hom koeksisters by die huis te maak, so noudat ek jou resep het, sal ek die naweek dit probeer. Jy laat dit so maklik klink!

  16. says

    I am fascinated with pastries that are soaked in syrup. My first experience was baklava. But a few years back a girl from india brought me what looked like round doughnuts floating in syrup. They were called “Gulab Juman” and they were
    absolutely delicious, I’ve been hooked ever since.
    So I know that I will make these “KOEKSUSTERS” thank you for teaching me about them.

  17. marisse says

    Here is the Malay type koeksisters which I got out of The Cape Malay cookbook by Faldela Williams, photographs by Cornel de Kock, and published by Struik.
    500g cake flour
    100ml self-raising flour
    100ml sugar
    2ml salt
    10ml ground ginger
    5ml ground cinnamon
    10ml ground aniseed
    5ml ground cardamon
    10ml ground dried naartjie peel (optional)
    125ml sunflower oil
    1 egg
    250ml cold milk
    250ml hot water
    20ml active dried yeast
    5ml sugar
    750ml sunflower oil
    sugar syrup*
    150ml desiccated coconut
    Method: Sift flours, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl and stir in spices and naartjie peel. Rub in 125ml oil for form a crumbly mixture. Mix milk and water and dissolve yeast and sugar in half the milk mixture. Add to four with egg and remaining milk mixture. Mix to a soft dough, then set dough aside, covered, to rise until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours. Roll dough out to a 5cm thick coil on an oiled surface. Cut off 2cm lengths and shape each into a slightly flattened doughnut shape. Set aside, covered, for 30 minutes to rise again. Heat oil in a saucepan and fry koeksisters for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Drain on absorbant paper or in a colander. Boil koeksisters, a few at a time, in sugar syrup for 1 minute, then drain and sprinkle with coconut. Makes 60.
    500ml water
    250ml sugar
    pinch bicorbonate of soda (baking soda in Canada & USA)
    10ml butter
    Method: Bring water and sugar to boil and boil until sugar has dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened. Stir in bicarbonate of soda and butter and use as a dipping syrup for koeksisters, bollas and other recipes. Makes 750ml.
    Attached image(s)

  18. marisse says

    Soft spicy koeksister dipped into sugar syrup and rolled in coconut
    4 potatoes (medium size)
    4 cups cake flour
    5ml salt
    5ml ground nutmeg
    15ml ground cinnamon
    10ml ground ginger
    15ml whole aniseed
    5ml fine aniseed
    60ml sugar
    1pkt instant dry yeast
    30ml butter
    250ml warm milk
    60ml oil
    2 eggs, beaten
    coconut for dipping
    oil for deep frying
    Boil potatoes and mash while still hot. Potatoes must be soft and smooth.
    Sift flour with salt, spices and sugar. Sprinkle over yeast and mix through.
    Melt butter. Add milk, oil and beaten eggs. Mix well and add to potatoes.
    Make well in center of flour and add warm milk mixture. Mix into a soft dough.
    Place on working surface and knead into soft, smooth and elastic like dough. Knead for about 15min.
    Place in a lightly oiled bowl. Lightly oil top of dough and cover with plastic wrap.
    Place in a warm place to double in size.
    On a lightly oiled surface, roll dough into a sausage. Cut into equal size portions and shape like a koeksister.
    Leave on a greased table to double in size for about 15min.
    Fry in heated oil until golden in colour on both sides. Lift koeksister gently and reshape if needed. Drain on wire rack and allow to cool.
    Take care that the oil is moderately hot in order for koeksister not to absorb oil.
    Dip koeksister in sugar syrup over low heat. Roll in coconut.
    HINT***Koeksister can be frozen for up to 3months before syrupping. Thaw at room
    temperature and sugar as normal.
    2½ cups sugar
    2 cups water
    Allow to simmer over low heat until syrupy.

  19. harold says

    hello. I am from canada. And Ive had the pleasure of having these at christmas from my X mother inlaw also from SA.

  20. Daphne from Texas says

    Hi I loved reading your letters. Even one in Dutch!
    They made me home sick. Well I have always made Koeksisters for my kids since they were little and now they ask for them all the time and they are Texan’s. I use the Sannie Smit recipe book. They are very easy and you will find all the Boerewors and South African recipes in there. Even the Melk Tert which is the best light and airy. But the Cape Malay lady that wrote in is right. Those Cape Malay Koeksisters were fabulous.
    There will be no place like South Africa no matter what!
    Been back last year and had a great time. Enjoyed Tizikama, Addopark and Carmel by the Sea. A retreat paradise!!!!!!!!!
    Do you have a good SA fish curry recipe? Durbanites make the best fish curry! Wish I could find some one here that will open something like Sa food. There is nothing here and the possibilities are endless.Tourists on the gulf.

  21. Rosa says

    How do you get the koeksusters crispy on the oustide and juicy inside? I´ve tried several times now but the next day they are soft and dry.

  22. Martin Cilliers says

    ‘n Weduwee hier in die Tampa baai wêreld maak die heerlikste koeksisters. Ek het nog nooit sulke lekker koeksisters in Suid-Afrika gekry nie. Hier in Tampa, Florida, is ‘n ou wat biltong oornag reg en lekker maak. Ek dink hy gebruik ‘n dehidreerder met ‘n “fan”. Hy sê die Suid-Afrikaanse Vleisraad sê in hulle biltong brojure dat as ‘n mens enige iets anders as sout en peper op vleis sit jy weg van die vleis se geur sal neem. Hy glo hulle.
    Toe ek in Suid-Afrika gaan kuier het, het my swaer vir my koedoe biltong gegee. Ek het dit langs die pad vir ‘n bruin mens gegee. Die ou van Tampa se vars bitong is tog soveel lekkerder as die ou koedoe biltong wat hulle in Suid-Afrika maak.
    Ek hou van slap, stywe en krimmel pap. Het U resepte vir die maak daarvan wat ek by u kan koop?

  23. Anya says

    Dus baie maklik om pap te maak; die geheim is dat die water moet kook voor jy die meel by voeg anders sal dit nooit gaar word nie. In die swartpotte wat ons op die plaas gebruik het proe hulle die lekkerste; ou Siena het dit gemaak sonder enige sout en dit was heerlik. Vir slap pap meng jy die mieliemeel (grits in die VSA) met kouewater en roer dan in die kookwater. Vir krummelpap gebruik mens net meer mieliemeel as vir gewone stywepap. Botter voorkom dat die krummelpap droe stukke in het…
    Stywe pap resep:
    5-6 koppies water(½ water, ½ milk for cereal)
    1 kop mieliemeel (corn flour)
    ½ tsp. salt
    1 tbsp. botter (optioneel, maar dit proe baie lekkerder)
    Kook die water in ‘n pot en voeg die sout en botter by. Roer die meel stadig im met ‘n vurk of houtlepel. Draai die hitte na medium en wag dat you pap begin borrel/bubbling. Plaas die deksel op en laat die pap simmer vir 30 – 45 minutes. (Die langer en stadiger dit stoom, die beter proe dit.)
    Dit kan ook met melk en suiker vir ontbyt geeet word of met bruin sous and braaivleis, of selfs ‘n tamatie en uie smoor.
    Vir Krummelpap gebruik meer meel om die krummeltjies te vorm… botter maak dit besonders.
    Volg dieselfde metode vir slappap maar meng die droe mieliemeel met een koppie koue water en roer die meel en water mengsel in die kookwater met ‘n vurk… pasop vir brand sulke slappap brand erg. Slappap is baie lekker met klontjie botter en suiker of met melk en suiker… ek gebruik ook slappap vir paptert of meng dit met kaas en braai papballetjies vir ‘n snack.

  24. juls says

    Hi there read your comments – great, wonder if anyone knows where I could buy a koeksuter cutter. Thanks Juls

  25. Sheila Gault says

    Love this site – even though my Afrikaans is terrible! Reply to Juls…. I bought my koeksuster cutters in Pick n Pay on my last visit. They really save time when cutting up the dough. I am in West Kent and also make koeksusters. I have family coming to visit soon and can ask them to bring the cutters and can post them on to you, if you want. There is a site http://www.fromhome.co.za and they are great at sending ANYTHING to you.

  26. SFP says

    I have just made my first batch ever of koeksuster and was so excited I rang my mum straight away – she is South African but we live in Perth Western Australia. She was so excited and is coming over tomorrow to try them out. I was so excited I was jumping around my kitchen and my husband was just as excited when he tasted one.
    Thank you for this inspiration.
    My mum had a few great tips, keep the syrup in a couple of bowls and keep them in the fridge so they stay icey cold so you can rotate them between batches. Keeping the syrup cold ensures the piping hot batter really soaks up the syrup – you should hear a hiss when they hit the syrup. She also suggested cinnamon in the sugar syrup, which i will try next time.

  27. Dom says

    Hello Everybody,
    Im looking for a photography of the statue of a koeksister that we can see in Orania… Can you help me ? Thanks a lot’ !!!

  28. liz says

    hi everybody
    I would like to have a real indian curry recipe the hot, strong one with all the trimmings. can someone please help.

  29. bev says

    Hi I am a South African and had to chuckly when I read how many calories!!! I don’t know too man South Africans who care they will be on my dinner menu this Canadian Thanksgiving thank you for the entertaining coments.

  30. auntie jo says

    i’ve just discovered your blog and i like it a lot, i like your name and the story behind 😉 i’ll come back often

  31. Martin Cilliers says

    Ek maak die lekkerste biltong, (beter as enige bees, Springbok of koedoe wat jy in Suid-Afrika kan kry), ek maak ook beter en lekker slap, stywe en krimmel,(putu) pap. Ek eet nou al vir tien talle jare pap in die oggend, elke oggend.
    My vrou maak die wêreld se lekkerste melktert, koeksusters, bobotie ender Suid Afrikaanse disse.

  32. Engela Fortuin says

    Alet in Fresno,California
    Jy het ‘n resep gesoek vir “Spitzroken”;weet nie of jy dit toe gekry het nie,maar hier is dit weer :
    1.25 liter water
    600g (750ml) witsuiker
    knippie sout
    2ml amandelgeursel
    170g (300ml) koekmeelblom
    1ml sout
    300ml melk
    40g (50ml) botter/margarien
    4 groot eiers
    Verhit die water,suiker en sout tot kookpunt en roer net totdat al die suikerkorrels gesmelt het.
    Kook die stroop 10 minute lank sonder ‘n deksel.
    Laat dit afkoel tot lou.
    Roer die geursel by en verkoel die stroop tot yskoud.
    Sif die meel en sout saam.
    Laat die melk en die smeer opkook.
    Verlaag die hitte,voeg die meel alles tegelyk by die melk en roer dit vinnig met ‘n houtlepel totdat die mengsel nie meer aan die wand van die kastrol vaskleef nie.
    Laat dit afkoel tot lou.
    Voeg die eiers een vir een by en klop baie goed na elke byvoeging.
    Verhit die olie tot taamlik warm.
    Skep teelepelsvol beslag in die olie en bak ‘n paar poffers op ‘n keer tot goudbruin en gaar – die olie moenie te warm wees nie,want dan verbruin hulle te vinnig en kry nie kans om binne-in gaar te word nie.
    Skep die gaar poffers met ‘n gleuflepel uit en dompel hulle dadelik in die yskoue stroop.Skep hulle met ‘n dreineerspaan uit die stroop en plaas hulle in ‘n enkele laag op ‘n bord.
    Lewer sowat 40 strooppoffers.

  33. LUCAN BOUKERS says

    Thankyou so much for the recipe. Im currently an exchange student in Germany and going to cook something South-African for my class, so i thought the koeksister recipe would be the perfect treat!!!!!

  34. says

    Like your blog and will try to make these Koeksisters. I am searching for african cookie recipes(any hints?) and found yours, allthough it’s not really a cookie it still is great, they look a bit like worms!

  35. Liesl says

    I came across your site by accident – what a pleasure! I am now living in Brisbane, Australia for 7 months….I will definately be trying the koeksuster recipe as I have not seen any since we have been here.

  36. helena says

    I simply adore Koeksisters!!! I’m Portuguese, lived in S. Africa some years ago and now I’m in Portugal. I’ve tried to make these wonderful sweets several times but they never came out all right (crispy outside and soft inside) despite having followed the recipes.They end up all soft. I don’t really know what’s the “trick”. Here in Lisbon there was a place where I could get them, as well as other s.african specialities. But unfortunately it has closed down. Will anyone tell me the “secret”. I know the theory: you have to dip the fried coeksisters immediately in the iced syrup. But even so, I didn’t manage.

  37. Terry says

    The koeksusters made by some Afrikaans speaking people are typically very soft and syrup-laden, made with yeast. Do you perhaps have a recipe for this type of koeksister?

  38. Cindy Karrar says

    I’m am living in the United States and was looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe that I used on the back of the bag of chips I bought. Well, I had made the cookies for my son who is at college. He liked them so much I was going to make them for him again and bought another bag of chips. The recipe was not on the new bag, so I searched the Internet for the recipe, and yours was the only original recipe I found. Thanks so much for making it available!!


    I was born Durban 67 years ago but now sit freezing in Ontario Canada – Gods freezer. I had a wonderfull SA cook book & made cooksisters, wow – were they good – but house fire. Tried to get Tim Hortens to make um , but!? I have been been given lots of pancake mix & syrup, gave to my son & he said “NO THANKS, still have the last lot” so i decided i would see if i could make cooksisters from them – LOL wish me luck. My daughter took me to see “Umoja” afterwhich she said “now i have something to be proud of in my South African background” she is 32 & was there for a short while as a baby,but she reads about it but that is not getting to know & love it like i do. She has travelled a lot like lived India, Orient & Napal. I have sent this site to here in hopes she will cook me cooksisters – hi hopes

  40. virgonia Sharp - dindy says

    I forgot, I live in Niagara & this weekend we got higher then knee high snow & so ccccold. For thoses who are not South African & wonder about the non english postings – South Africa has 11 official languages but more spoken. We also seperate 2 ocean – one cold from pole the other warm form India & 6in difference – a must to see – South Africa offer so much, well worth a visit – also to try the foods there. I hope South Afric will soon wake up & find herself & in good ways/health. I have e-mailed this site to many, Scotland. Mexico & more.

  41. Hila says

    There is a SA lady now living in london who has opened a catering company that makes SA food you can contact her at dawn@orangecrushcafe.co.uk or 07958 148 676.
    This is the last menu I have from her
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    £3.52 / 15 Rusks
    Sweet pumpkin fritters, lightly fried leaving a crispy outside and a delicious soft centre. Pampoenkoekies are traditionally served with cinnamon and sugar or a caramel sauce (not included).
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    Peppermint Crisp Pudding /Yskas Tert
    This delicious mix of coconut biscuits, condensed milk, rich dairy cream and mint chocolate is always a South African favourite and is perfect for a truly decadent after dinner treat.
    £5.45 per pudding / Serves 10 – 12
    Melk Tert/Milk Tart
    A traditional South African milk based tart, with a sweet pasty base, flavoured with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and custard.
    £5.45 per tart / Serves 10
    Most South Africans have their own version of this customary favourite originally of Cape Malay origin. Bobotie is a fruity, herby, mild curry dish with a dairy and egg topping – sounds a little unconventional but tastes great! Traditionally accompanied with rice and sambals (not included).
    £9.50 / Serves 6
    Home Made Pizza Base
    We may not be Italian but we sure know how to make a lovely pizza! All pizza bases come ready to bake, rolled into shape with a delicious home made tomato base. All you need to do is add the toppings. Why not have a ‘create your own pizza’ party for a novelty idea!
    £2.25 / Approx 8 regular slices
    Delivery Information and Terms of Sale
    All delivery items will be sent recorded standard next day delivery and can be delivered to any UK based home or office address. Please note this excludes the 16 hour Christmas Cake, the koeksisters, and rusks as these items need more than 1 days preparation time.
    Please note items can not be delivered to a PO Box.
    Postage prices will be determined on ordering and start from around £2.66 depending on the weight of your parcel.
    All items can be frozen in an air tight container unless specified on the packaging.
    Please contact us prior to ordering should you require allergy advice on our products or suffer from any food sensitivities.
    Prices are subject to change without prior warning.
    Should you receive a damaged or defective delivery, please make sure to return it to us in its original condition within 7 days of receipt. Once we receive the damaged item we will send you a replacement immediately. If for some reason we cannot send you a replacement, a full refund will be issued for the price you paid for the item plus post and packaging.
    Dispatch is aimed no later than 1-2 days after your order. All orders are dispatched by Special Delivery, guaranteed by Royal Mail to arrive by 1 pm the following working day and a signature is required on receipt. Orders placed after 11am (UK time) will be added to the next day’s deliveries for the following working day. WE RECOMMEND YOU CHOOSE A DELIVERY DATE AT LEAST ONE DAY EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Due to the 24 hour preparation time of koeksisters, rusks and the 16 hour cake, these items could take 1 extra business day.
    Please note if any specialty items are requested we may need to extend the dispatch time to allow us chance to source your specific ingredients should we not stock them in our pantry.
    If delivery is to a residential address then it may arrive on a Saturday. Working days are Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays in England.
    Delivery will be by Royal Mail. If nobody is available to take receipt delivery may be attempted to a neighbour. Otherwise, a card will be left with details of how to arrange redelivery or collection from the local post office.

  42. says

    Anyone who can get to the Harringay area of North London ought to visit Yasar Halim Mediterranean bakery at the corner of Green Lanes and Pemberton Road, N4. Photo here:
    They sell something very similar to these cook sisters, but they are ball shaped rather than plaits. They were selling at 8 for £1 when I got some yesterday.
    I thought they were Greek / Turkish. I hadn’t realised they were also a South African delicacy until I happened to show a friend, who recognised them instantly.

  43. Melanie Muir says

    I live in Milton Keynes and Cruga in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes sells bith Koeksusters and Milk Tart. They also make their own boerewors and biltong, as well as supplying to other stores throughout the UK.

  44. Sarah Pipilini says

    Fuck Me!!! Two and half kilograms of sugar?? It’s no wonder our forefathers gathered up their clans and pissed off into the inland on ox-wagons! They needed Ritalin after all this!
    But having said that, thanks for the recipe cupcake. I’m gonna try this for our inveterate sour-pusses here!

  45. Tanya Melloul says

    I feel as though I am back in SA when I read your koeksuster blog. Thank you for sharing so many amazing

  46. Gillian says

    does anyone have a good recipe for a potjie? i once had one in SA that had been on the go for 3 days… i have never forgotten the taste… though thinking about it it may have been the beer that was used… also, for that incredible mutton curry… medium strength with rossyntjies…mmmmmmmmm

  47. says

    I was going to make koeksusters this morning, but forgot I have to put the syrup in the fridge overnight. Well, this little gannet will have to wait until tomorrow, to be a gutz!
    I was able to buy the BEST biltong I have had outside of SA (I live in outback North Queensland)from Springbok Foods, on the Gold Coast. ‘WET’, my favourite!! They also sell koeksusters, but won’t post them. No matter, will have a try tomorrow. Lovely to read Afrikaans again.
    A few years ago, coming round from a thyroid op, they thought I was “speaking in tongues” as I spoke Zulu for more sentances than I can remember now!! I was born in Durban 63 years ago, and came to OZ in 1970.

  48. says

    I still have the program complete with recipes in Afrikaans (beyond my school ‘taal’)from “A Kiss on your KOEKSISTER” starring Pieter-Dirk Uys. I took my then 11 year old Daughter to meet my parents, and while in Durban saw one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. This was 1990. So anyone want me to scan the recipes for say “FEESTELIKE BOBOTIE (vir Republiek Dag) or EVITA se SOSATIES : (Ideaal vir ‘n Indaba) and many more!!

  49. Vicki says

    O thank you so much for having this recipe online, it is something that I miss most from SA and England’s best alternative to it just isn’t the same! Looking forward to coming back here time and time again to make food from SA that I miss and will pass the site on to my parents in NZ too!

  50. Mrs Amanda Muller says

    My naam is Amanda Muller, ek het nou so lekker aan al die briewe gelees, ons woon is Paradise TX 17 jaar in Amerika en die koeksister resepte gaan beslis
    beproef word! Ek boer met snyblommecutflowers en het altyd baie tyd om boerewors self te maak. Dankie vir al die resepte!

  51. Joan Moon says

    It looks like you need an entry from Ohio, US…I will have to try these recipes…oh, right…I need to figure out the conversions first! Thanks for sharing.

  52. says

    are blueberry muffins fatting see i am on a diet an my mom says their good for you and they have alot of fiber in them but on the box it said 1g of fiber i was like where’s the fiber at in this it’s nothing but sugar.

  53. Louis says

    There is a difference between a koeksister and a koesister. The one is the recepe as above and the other one is the Malay one. Thought I will share it with you.