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Koeksisters (Spiced Doughnuts with Coconut)

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2016

Makes about 2 dozen


  • 4 cups cake and pastry flour, plus more for rolling
  • ½ cup self rising flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground aniseed
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp tangerine zest
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 tsp active dried yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups sweetened desiccated coconut


1. Mix water and milk and set aside. Mix yeast with ½ of milk/water mixture and 1 tsp sugar. Set in a warm place for 10 minutes, or until frothy.

2. Sift flours, sugar, salt and spices into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add zest and stir lightly to combine. Pour in vegetable oil and mix until mixture becomes crumbly.

3. Crack egg into remaining milk/water mixture and whisk gently to break yolk. Add frothed yeast and egg mixture to flour and mix on medium speed to form a soft dough. If mixture is too liquidy, add more flour in small quantities until dough comes together and is just lightly sticky. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead gently for 30 seconds to bring dough together.

4. Rub the inside of a large mixing bowl lightly with oil and put dough inside. Cover very loosely with a kitchen towel and leave in a warm place for at least 2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size.

5. Roll dough on a floured surface to 5cm thick. Using a knife or a pizza wheel cut desired shape and set on baking sheet. Cover loosely with kitchen towel and allow rise again for another 30 minutes.

6. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan on medium high heat, just until mixture boils and all sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to miminum. Place coconut in a medium mixing bowl, and line a baking sheet with paper towel.

7. Heat about 1 inch of vegetable in a large pot to medium high heat. Fry koeksisters for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned. Working quickly, immerse a fried koeksister for the count of 1 second, then immediately toss in coconut, pressing to coat. Repeat with remaining koeksisters.