Easy Koeksister Recipe a.k.a. Breadsisters (2024)

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Easy Koeksister Recipe

A fast way to makeKoeksisters. A traditional South African dessert recipe. In this recipe Iused bread instead of dough which is known as Breadsisters..

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Traditional South African Recipes

As most of you guys know by now, I am a proud South African native althoughIhave been living in Spain for the last 7 years. If you read my about mepageyou´ll see how I boast about South African food and how I believe it´s simply the best food out there (I´m not biast at all *smile*).

I decided to share yet anotherone of my favorite South African recipes. Awhile ago, I shared a recipe called Malva Puddingon my blog. At that stage I was still taking photos with my digital camera, so forgive me for the quality of those photos! Don´t let that stop you to try the Malva Pudding recipe! My friend Jen, who lives in Canada makes it on a regular basis and she and her family loves it!
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How are Koeksisters made?

Traditionally koeksisters are made with dough that is cut into 3 strips and braided into koeksisters. Then fried in hot oil until golden brown, quickly drained on paper towels and immediately dipped into ice cold sugar syrup.

The reason why you immediately dip the hot koeksisters into the ice cold sugar syrup is because the colder the syrup, the more of it will be soaked up by the warm koeksister (or breadsister in our case).

The perfect koeksister is crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside! Words can´t explain how much I love these sweet treats! I mean just look at this photo below! I´m not lying am I? *smile*

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Easy Koeksister Recipe made with bread!

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  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 10 thick slices of white or brown bread (without the crusts)
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Heat the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed sauce pan until it reaches boiling point.
  2. Boil for a further 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat (uncovered).
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Add the lemon juice and cool completely.
  5. Once the syrup has cooled place the bowl in a larger bowl with ice water (the idea is to keep the syrup as cold as possible when dipping).
  6. Heat the Oil over medium heat
  7. Cut each slice of Bread into three equal size fingers.
  8. Deep fry 3 to 4 bread fingers at a time, turning regularly. About 30 to 45 seconds per batch.
  9. Remove the fried bread, using a slotted spoon, quickly place on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  10. Immediately dunk the fried bread fingers into the ice cold syrup for 5 seconds (make sure all is covered).
  11. Repeat with all the bread fingers.
  12. Chill until it´s time to serve them.
  13. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
  14. These only get better with time, feel free to make a double batch! One batch wont last long wink


This recipe was adapted from With A Blast


From Koeksister to Breadsister!

Now you´re probably wondering why I didn´t I make the “real deal”. Referring to the Koeksisters that are made with dough. Well to be honest, I didn´t feel like the hassle. I´ve made them before and they take up so much time! These Breadsisters are a very close second and they taste sooooo good!

I used to eat them often as a child becausemy aunt used to make them for special occasions. I remember eyeying the table to see how many were left.. thinking that I needed to eatat least one more before they were all gone. They were gone really quick!

Tip:Make two batches as these store really well and before you know it the first batch will be finished!

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Photo Shoot and Styling Tips

I thought I´d share a few tips with you guys on how I styled this post and some of the settings I used on my camera..

  • I used PhotoScape to bulk edit the size of my photos once I uploaded them to my PC.
  • Then I used Canva to crop and add text tothem.
  • These photos were shot in natural light, right next to my window.
  • My ISO ranged between 200 – 400, which depended on my angle/position.
  • I used one of my topsas a prop because it has an African print on it *smile*.
  • The black dish is from anice cream hubbybought merecentlyfrom our local supermarket. I liked it, so I kept it. Thumbs up for frugal living *smile again*.

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Until next time guys! I hope you´re all having a great week!



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