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A twist on tradition: Koeksister ice cream cone recipe

By May 17, 2024FinGlobal

A twist on tradition: Koeksister ice cream cone recipe

May 17, 2024


The classic koeksister is a traditional South African dessert made from braided dough that has been deep fried and soaked in syrup. It is a delicious treat that is commonly enjoyed on special occasions or as an indulgent snack. However, what if we took this beloved treat and gave it a modern twist? In this recipe, we will combine the classic koeksister flavors with the fun and convenience of an ice cream cone.

The traditional Koeksister

Before we meld the koeksister with ice cream, it’s essential to understand its origins. Koeksisters are a traditional South African treat, known for their twisted, syrup-soaked dough.

Koeksisters, pronounced “cook sister,” are a highly favored sticky doughnut from South Africa. The name originates from the Dutch term “koekje,” meaning “cookie.” There are two distinct styles of this beloved treat, the one we will be modifying in this recipe is the Afrikaner version. This koeksister is a sticky, intricately braided masterpiece that’s crunchy on the outside and drenched in syrup, exquisitely infused with the fragrant flavors of cinnamon, lemon, and ginger, resulting in an extraordinary explosion of taste.

Step-by-step recipe guide

This recipe requires transforming koeksister dough into an ice cream cone. Take detailed notes as we guide you through this innovative recipe. You’ll need a cone mold or a clever DIY approach to get the correct shape for baking.

Gather the following ingredients:

Koeksister Dough Ingredients:

  • 625g of cake flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) of baking powder
  • 160ml of milk
  • 180ml of water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 30g of softened margarine or butter
  • Oil for deep frying

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of water
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of cream of tartar

Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Making the Koeksister dough

  1. Begin by mixing the flour, salt, and baking powder in a big bowl. Combine the milk, water, and eggs, then blend with the dry mix to create a soft dough. Knead it well for 10 minutes, occasionally adding a bit of butter. Close the dough in plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for the entire night.
  2. Prepare the syrup by mixing sugar, water, juice, and cream of tartar in a pot. Heat gently until the sugar melts, then let it boil for 10 minutes before cooling it down to room temperature.
  3. Take a portion of the dough, about the size of your fist, and form it into a long cylinder on a surface lightly coated with oil. Flatten it with a rolling pin to about 10cm in width and slice into strips of 1cm each.
  4. Wrap each strip around a metal cream horn mold, starting from the bottom and sealing it at the top. In oil heated to 180˚C, fry the koeksisters in batches, turning them to evenly brown until they are golden and fully cooked.
  5. After frying, remove them from the oil, detach the cone, and immediately soak them in the syrup at room temperature. Ensure they are fully immersed to absorb the syrup well.
  6. Once soaked, remove the koeksisters from the syrup and let them cool down.

Serving time

Once your cones are set, scoop an appropriate amount of ice cream into each, and serve immediately for maximum freshness.

Koeksister recipe: Tasting the fusion

The fusion of food from different cultures often results in the most delicious and surprising combinations. The recipe we’ve shared for Koeksister ice cream cones is a testament to this culinary philosophy. By blending a South African favorite with the much-loved ice cream, you’ve created a confection that honors tradition while appealing to a global audience.

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