Serves 4-6

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 250ml water (1 cup)
  • 2 ½ Cups of white sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla essence


  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 20g of butter
  • 150 ml milk of your choice


  1. Put the water and sugar in a pot that fits the COBB and bring to boil. Stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Boil for 7 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the COBB and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla essence. Put the pot into the fridge
  3. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Break the butter or margarine into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Add the milk. Mix well until a dough is formed.
  4. Roll the dough out to a thickness of 5 mm (+/- 1/4 inch.). Cut the dough into thin (+/-10 mm or 1/2 inch.) strips.
  5. Take 3 strips and join their ends on one side. Braid the strips to desired koeksister length and join other ends.
  6. Heat the oil in a Frying Dish until fairly hot. Put about 3 koeksisters (or what can fit) at a time in the oil and fry them on both sides until they get a golden-brown color.
  7. As you remove the koeksisters from the oil, place them directly into the syrup from the fridge.
  8. It is important to keep the syrup cool, so between soakings, return the syrup to the fridge to maintain its coolness.