KOEKSISTERS

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Hi Everyone - I hope you are all safe and healthy during this pandemic. I have a question about a pastry called a koeksister. I searched, and the name doesn't come up, so I will tell you a bit about them. They are a traditional South African, deep fried pastry, which is dipped into an ice cold sugar, cinnamon, lemon syrup. My question is: the syrup contains creme of tartar, and I am just curious to know why, and what does it do to the syrup. Thanks.
 
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If you search around on the web, you should be able to find other recipes for the syrup that use corn syrup for the same purpose, which is a little easier and cheaper.
 
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If you search around on the web, you should be able to find other recipes for the syrup that use corn syrup for the same purpose, which is a little easier and cheaper.
Thanks. I live in France and we battle to get golden syrup, corn syrup and cream of tartar! I have a bit of cream of tartar a friend brought over from the UK. Thanks for your reply.
 
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I am going to try them tomorrow with a recipe I found that does not have any! :) I am interested to see the different methods too. I've just read a blog about the best koeksisters in SA apparently, and she says you don't have to get the syrup ice cold. I hope my friends will all like them, as there are going to be a few batches made. Hahaa. I know that I love them, but there are only so many you can eat.
 
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she says you don't have to get the syrup ice cold
People have been known to do them with ice cold syrup all the way to boiling syrup. I lived with a South African that used syrup (made from only sugar, water, cardamom, and cinnamon ) that was at a low to medium heat.
 
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People have been known to do them with ice cold syrup all the way to boiling syrup. I lived with a South African that used syrup (made from only sugar, water, cardamom, and cinnamon ) that was at a low to medium heat.
Hi to your South African friend. I grew up in Durban, but we never made koeksisters at home - just ate them - haha. Which is probably why I'm trying to make them now that I don't live in SA anymore! :) I love the sound of the syrup with cardamom and cinnamon.
 
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