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Alternative namesKoesisters
Place of originSouth Africa
Region or stateSouth Africa
Main ingredientsDough, sugar syrup, aniseed, cinnamon, mixed spice
A shop specialising in the production and sale of koeksisters in Cape Town.

A koeksister /ˈkʊksɪstə/ is a traditional Cape Malay confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey.

The original koesister should not be confused with the Dutch version known as the koeksister.

Popular brands include Ouma Rooi Koeksisters, whose founder won the Huletts Koeksister Competition before taking part in the popular South African Koekedoor Show. [1]

Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited dough strips in oil, then submersing the hot fried dough into ice cold sugar syrup. Koeksisters have a golden crunchy crust and liquid syrup centre, are very sticky and sweet, and taste like honey.[2]

Koeksister Monument in Orania

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.[3] The Cape Malay Koeksister exists.

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  1. ^ http://www.oumarooi.com
  2. ^ Laurens van der Post (1970) African Cooking, Time-Life Books, New York
  3. ^ Wybenga, Wim (2008-05-01). "Koeksister het sy eie monument op Orania". Volksblad. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2012.