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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, also the origin of the American English word "cookie", and "sister" can refer to the oral tradition of two sisters plaiting their doughnuts and then dunking them in syrup, so creating this iconic pastry. "Sis" can also refer to the sizzling sound.[citation needed]

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]

Popular brands include Ouma Rooi Koeksisters, whose founder won the Huletts Koeksister Competition before taking part in the popular South African Koekedoor Show.[5]

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.[6]

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  1. ^ Sunset. Passenger Department, Southern Pacific Company. 1963.
  2. ^ "Koeksisters the traditional Afrikaner Recipe - South African Magazine - SA PROMO".
  3. ^ Sunset. Passenger Department, Southern Pacific Company. 1963.
  4. ^ Laurens van der Post (1970) African Cooking, Time-Life Books, New York
  5. ^ "Ouma Rooi Koeksisters - Tradisioneel Suid Afrikaans". Ouma Rooi Koeksisters - Tradisioneel Suid Afrikaans.
  6. ^ 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.