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Koeksisters     Veg   HT   CBF   DP   South African   60mins plus cooling

Makes 18 Hot Vegetarian Pastries Baked Fayre Dessert S. Africa

250g/9oz Brown Sugar
150ml/5fl.oz. Water
Ground Cinnamon
1 slice Lemon
25g/1oz Butter
1 Egg
175g/6oz Self Raising Flour
Vegetable Oil for deep frying
Syrup to serve


1. Place the sugar, water, cinnamon and lemon in a saucepan, bring to the boil stirring, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

2. Remove the lemon slice and discard then add the butter and egg and beat well until creamy.

3. Add the flour and mix well until smooth then the dough turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 22cm/9 inch square.

4. Cut the square into 18 pieces about 7.5cm x 1.7cm/3 x 1-1/2-inches.

5. Make two cuts lengthways all the way through each piece but leaving them joined at the top, so it looks like a 3 strip tassel, then plait the strips on each piece and pinch at the ends to seal.

6. Heat the oil to 180C/350F and deep fry the pastries for 4-5 minutes.

Drain on kitchen paper then dip into syrup (maple, golden or other of your choice) before serving hot.

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