Koeksisters: A local baking success story

Koeksisters: a syrup-drenched, slightly spicy, crunchy fried donut

These Manitoba made Koeksisters grabbed one of two blue ribbons handed out at the Creative Canola Bake Off at Red River College’s professional baking program, two years ago.

Since winning the top prize, baking student Anna Badenhorst has had to explain—more than once—the pronunciation and origins of the South African recipe.  Anna has also been hard at work getting ready to launch her own business.

Update to the winning Koeksisters Story

Anna’s dream was to open her own shop where she can sell her prize winning baking.  Well, that  dream is almost a reality.  Her coffee and bakeshop will be opening in Selkirk, near the Safeway on Manitoba Ave in 2013.  Congratulations Anna!

The prize winning recipe is below but if you don’t want to try your hand at baking Koeksisters, you can always order from Anna.  Email Anna at [email protected] for pricing and delivery options.

Koeksisters: that’s “cook-sisters”

Koeksister (pronounced cook-sister) comes from the Dutch word koekje, the diminutive of koek meaning “cake”. It is a South-African syrup-coated doughnut in a twisted shape.

The delicious treat; includes nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. The dough is cut into seven-inch strips, braided, deep fried, then dunked into an ice-cold syrup flavoured with ginger and cinnamon. They are very sticky, sweet, taste like honey and best eaten cold with tea or coffee.

You can read the original full story at Koeksisters: The Fabulous Treat with the Funny Name.
Be Well…Ellen

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