Chilli and Lime Koeksisters

Chilli and Lime Koeksisters


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, finely chopped (seeds removed for less spiciness)
  • Desiccated coconut, for coating

For the syrup:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, egg, lime zest, and chopped chillies.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into long thin ropes.
  5. Cut the ropes into small pieces, about 5cm in length.
  6. Heat up oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  7. Fry the dough pieces until golden brown, then remove them from the oil and let them cool on paper towels.
  8. To make the syrup, combine the sugar, water, and lime juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Dip the cooled koeksusters into the hot syrup, making sure they are coated evenly.
  10. Roll the syrup-coated koeksusters in desiccated coconut until they are fully coated.
  11. Let the koeksusters cool and the coconut to set before serving. Enjoy!

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