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Indulge in the sweet and aromatic flavors of homemade syrup for koeksisters. This traditional South African treat is a deep-fried dough pastry soaked in a syrup that adds a delightful sweetness and irresistible flavor. Making the syrup from scratch allows you to control the ingredients and achieve the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Whether you’re enjoying koeksisters as a special treat or celebrating a cultural event, this homemade syrup will elevate your culinary experience and transport you to the vibrant flavors of South Africa.

Syrup For Koeksisters

The syrup for koeksisters is a sweet and aromatic mixture made with sugar, water, cinnamon, and a touch of lemon juice. It adds a delightful sweetness and flavor to the traditional South African koeksisters, which are deep-fried dough pastries. The syrup is an essential component of the recipe as it helps to infuse the koeksisters with moisture and sweetness.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course base
Cuisine South African


  • saucepan
  • Wooden spoon


  • water
  • sugar
  • lemon juice
  • cinnamon stick


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the white sugar, water, and cinnamon stick.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, add the lemon juice to the syrup mixture.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the syrup to a boil. Allow the syrup to boil for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely
  • Once the syrup has cooled, it is ready to be used for soaking the koeksisters



The syrup should be allowed to cool completely before using it to soak the koeksisters. This ensures that the syrup is at room temperature and won't affect the texture of the koeksisters.
If you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor, you can let the cinnamon stick steep in the syrup for a longer period after removing it from the heat.
The lemon juice helps to balance the sweetness of the syrup and adds a subtle tanginess. Adjust the amount of lemon juice according to your preference.
You can store any leftover syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for future use. Just make sure to reheat it slightly before using it again.


Serving: 20g
Keyword syrup
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