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Koeksisters

  • 1:00 Prep
  • 2:10 Cook
  • Makes 12
  • Advanced

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (660g) caster sugar
  • 4cm piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups (300g) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 75g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • Sunflower oil, to deep-fry

Equipment

  • You will need a kitchen thermometer.

Method

  • 1
    To make syrup, combine sugar, ginger, cinnamon, lemon juice and 2 cups (500ml) water in a pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves, then cook for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and chill for 2 hours.
  • 2
    Place flour, baking powder and butter in a food processor and whiz until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add nutmeg, egg, milk and a pinch of salt, and whiz until combined. Form into a disc, enclose in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until 7mm thick. Cut into twelve 10cm x 5cm rectangles, then cut 3 lines lengthways into each rectangle, leaving a 1cm boarder at one end to hold the strips together. Plait the 3 strips and pinch end to seal. Cover with a clean damp tea towel.
  • 4
    Set bowl of syrup over a bowl of iced water (syrup must be very cold). Half fill a deep-fryer or large saucepan with oil and heat until 170°C. In batches, cook the doughnuts, turning, for 3 minutes or until dark golden. Immediately soak in syrup for 1 minute, then drain on a wire rack

Source: taste.com.au

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