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Place of originSouth Africa
Region or stateSouth Africa
Main ingredientsDough, sugar syrup

A koeksister /ˈkʊksɪstər/ [1] is a traditional Afrikaner confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey. There is also a Cape Malay version of the dish,[2] which is a fried ball of dough that is rolled in desiccated coconut called a koesister.[3] The name derives from the Dutch word "koek", which generally means a wheat flour confectionery.

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.[4]

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.[5]

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  1. ^ Sunset. Passenger Department, Southern Pacific Company. 1963.
  2. ^ "Koeksisters the traditional Afrikaner Recipe - South African Magazine - SA PROMO". 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ Sunset. Passenger Department, Southern Pacific Company. 1963.
  4. ^ Laurens van der Post (1970) African Cooking, Time-Life Books, New York
  5. ^ Wybenga, Wim (1 May 2008). "Koeksister het sy eie monument op Orania". Volksblad. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2012.