Koeksisters

Time
1 and 1/2 hour
Difficulty
Difficult
Cost
Very cheap
From
South Africa
Koeksisters
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Ingredients

Syrup:
125g cane-sugar
50ml water
lemon zest
Dough:
1 egg
30g butter
200g all-purpose flour
4-5 tbsp. water
15g baking powder
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The directions to prepare koeksisters, fried pastries from South Africa, in a step-by-step recipe with pictures.
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1.
Versare l'acqua, lo zucchero e la scorza di limone in una pentola e portare a ebollizione, mescolando. Lasciare raffreddare lo sciroppo mentre preparate le koeksisters.
Sciogliere il burro e impastarlo bene con l'uovo. Setacciare la farina con il lievito, disporla a fontana e versare al suo interno il burro con l'uovo.
2.
Put the water, cane-sugar and lemon zest in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring. Set aside the syrup. Melt the butter and beat with the egg. Stir together the flour and baking powder on a flat surface, then make a well. Put the butter and the egg into the well and knead it. Add some spoonful of water if needed. Using a heavy rolling pin (or dough sheeter), roll the dough about 3 mm thick.
Cut into small 10 x 3 cm rectangles.
3.
Cut each rectangle into 3 strip but not through the top, in a "fork" shape, as shown in the picture

4.
Plait the dough, taking the section on the bottom side and cross it over the middle section.

5.
Repeat with the other side.

6.
Continue until the end.

7.
Pinch the three stripes at the end, to close the braid.
Alla fine schiacciare leggermente i tre lembi insieme, così da chiudere la treccia.
8.
Fry the koeksisters in hot oil, turning them after 1 minute.

9.
Dip the koeksisters into the syrup.
Let rest and serve.

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