Thankful Thursday

I remember when I was growing up 
and this time of year rolled around, 
I wore the biggest grin until the big 
Thanksgiving day meal arrived. 

Our home was full of the most amazing 
scents known to man. 

You see, my Mother was and still is
an incredible baker, 
every morsel consumed in our home 
was lovingly created from scratch by her. 

She made donuts, cakes, pies, flaky pastries,
cookies, sweet and/or savoury, 
you name it, she created it 
AND I was the lucky taste tester. 

I suppose this is where I acquired my sweet tooth. 

One of my ultimate favorites has to be "koeksisters"
 (pronounced cook-sister and meaning cake sister) 
a traditional South African treat, 
wickedly sweet and messy as heck 
because after it is baked,
it is, get this, dipped in or soaked in SYRUP,

I know, right….HEAVEN! 

I have not had these for, I cannot even remember 
the last time. This seems like the perfect opportunity
to scout out the recipe and give it a go myself. 

I’ve attached the recipe 
that I found on
and I am going to try these this week, 
we will see how it goes. 


For the syrup:
  • 530ml water
  • 800g sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2,5tsp cream of tartar
  • 1tsp ginger
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
For the dough:
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 200g corn flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 25g baking powder
  • 1\4 cup sugar
  • 200ml milk
  • 50ml cream
  • 2 eggs
For the Syrup (prepare the syrup the day before for best results)
In a pan, heat up the water. Add the sugar, salt, cream of tartar, ginger, lemon juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally. Simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Transfer to the fridge.
For the Dough:
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix them together. Add the milk, butter, eggs and cream, mixing it all together. Knead with your hand for a couple of minutes. Wrap in cling film, and store in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out to a 1 cm thickness. Cut into strips thin strips and then short strips. To plait, tuck three strands together at the top. Fold the outer strips over into the middle, repeating until you reach the end and tuck them together.
To Fry:
Heat up half a pot of oil on a low flame. Place the bowl of syrup in a larger bowl of ice to keep it well chilled. Deep fry the koeksisters, don't put too many in at once. When golden, transfer to the syrup using a slotted spoon, draining off as much oil as you can. Leave to soak in the syrup for a while. Transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely before eating.

I am off to give this recipe a try

What is your favorite childhood tasty treat?

Bon Appetite


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  1. They are sure are cute, and the look delicious!



  2. I am thankful for my mother's baking, too. She makes a Portuguese sweet bread that is so good, especially out of the oven. Maybe I should trying making some one day...

  3. Nerina! How did they turn out? I think I have had something similar, sticky, sweet and delicious. I bet the hard part is keeping them soft and delicate on the inside. Did you get to Blissdom this year? How was that? Did you dress up for the party at the end? SamiJoe had a ball.


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