The Puff Puff Look-a-like: Koeksisters

The Puff Puff Look-a-like: Koeksisters

What looks like puff puff, smells like puff puff and tastes like puff puff but isn’t really puff puff? Koeksisters!! “What are koeksisters?”, you ask. Well according to google, the word koeksister originates from the Dutch word “koekje“, which means “cookie”. But in my not-so-humble opinion, calling it a cookie is such a poor way to describe this fluffy golden ball of fried dough. But we will give them the benefit of the doubt since they have probably never heard of the term “puff puff”.

Let me be honest, I was pretty skeptical before making this recipe. Why? Well, in simple terms, I don’t have a great history with baking. In more honest terms, my baking skills are lacking. They are somewhat non-existent… Most definitely deficient… You see where I am going with this? At this point you may be thinking: “but puff puff doesn’t qualify as baking, because technically it doesn’t even go into the oven!”, to which my response is:

Don't be silly

What do you know about puff puff and baking?

 

In my opinion – which is all that really matters – the definition of baking is anything that has to do with mixing flour and a liquid. Therefore, puff puff is a baked good. Finish.

But the last time I made puff puff they came out flat. Which kind of defeats the point of the name… you know… “puff puff”… They even said it twice for emphasis. So imagine my dismay when they turned out to be flat flat. I don’t know what I did wrong. Pretty sure I followed that recipe to the T. (Which means I probably didn’t). But that didn’t stop me from being angry and vowing not to make puff puff again. I actually insulted it and called it a “meaningless ball of dough without any nutritional value”. *gasp* Outrageous, I know.

Can you tell I was hurt? Anyway, I decided to dust myself off and try again and this time I did a pretty good job *pats self on the back*. But like I said earlier, it isn’t exactly puff puff. It is actually made a bit differently from puff puff and tastes slightly different (less sweet, more on the bread-y side and not the doughnut-y side) but at the end of the day, fried dough is… well, fried dough.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  1. 2¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  2. ¼ cup warm water
  3. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 3 egg yolks
  6. 3 tablespoons margarine/butter
  7. ¼ cup sugar
  8. ¼ cup milk
  9. Oil for deep-frying
  10. Coconut shavings for garnishing

Directions

In a small bowl, combine yeast, water, and a pinch of sugar and set aside for 5 minutes (It should foam at the top, meaning the yeast is “active”)
Add milk, sugar and butter in another bowl and warm till butter dissolves
Combine flour and salt in a large bowl and add the yeast and mix. Then add the egg yolks and melted butter and mix using a hand mixer until dough is fully combined
The dough should have a slightly sticky texture. Not too dense, but not too sticky. If it’s too sticky, add flour (1/4 cup or less). If it’s too dense, add 1/4 cup water or less
Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise in a warm place (like a preheated/warmed oven) until it doubles in size


Once doubled, punch center and using your finger tips, tear apart a little dough and roll into small balls. Repeat until dough is finished. **rub oil on your hands first to prevent sticking**
Leave rolled dough to rise for 15 minutes. Heat oil in deep pan/pot and keep on medium heat


Place a few balls in at a time and fry till they turn golden brown on all sides. Take them out using a wide holed spoon and place on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil


Sprinkle with sugar and coconut flakes. Serve hot with a cup of tea/coffee

Koeksisters
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Ingredients
  1. 2¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  2. ¼ cup warm water
  3. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 3 egg yolks
  6. 3 tablespoons margarine/butter
  7. ¼ cup sugar
  8. ¼ cup milk
  9. Oil for deep-frying
  10. Coconut shavings for garnishing
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, water, and a pinch of sugar and set aside for 5 minutes (It should foam at the top, meaning the yeast is "active")
  2. Add milk, sugar and butter in another bowl and warm till butter dissolves
  3. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl and add the yeast and mix. Then add the egg yolks and melted butter and mix using a hand mixer until dough is fully combined
  4. The dough should have a slightly sticky texture. Not too dense, but not too sticky. If it's too sticky, add flour (1/4 cup or less). If it's too dense, add 1/4 cup water or less
  5. Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise in a warm place (like a preheated/warmed oven) until it doubles in size
  6. Once doubled, punch center and using your finger tips, tear apart a little dough and roll into small balls. Repeat until dough is finished. **rub oil on your hands first to prevent sticking**
  7. Leave rolled dough to rise for 15 minutes. Heat oil in deep pan/pot and keep on medium heat
  8. Place a few balls in at a time and fry till they turn golden brown on all sides. Take them out using a wide holed spoon and place on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil
  9. Sprinkle with sugar and coconut flakes. Serve hot with a cup of tea/coffee
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