Solidarity Helping Hand’s Stove stories: Koeksister competition attracted bakers from far and wide including three former Huletts koeksister winners and a baker from the kykNet programme Koekedoor. But, the winners are Willa and Johanna Rademeyer from Parys.
The Rademeyers live in a retirement village in Parys and bake approximately 50 kg koeksisters each week. They form a formidable team and have been working together for many years to earn an additional income. The original recipe comes from a koeksister bakery in Vanderbijlpark. Willa prepares the syrup and dough, while Johanna makes sure that the colour of the koeksisters is perfect. They both love plaiting, but there is a slight difference in their methods that only a real koeksister expert will be able to spot.
“I plait to the right”, says Willa, “and Johanna plaits to the left”. Johanna will differ that she plaits to the right and Willa to the left, but no matter how you look at the koeksisters, they are at their best when you eat one (or three!).
Stove stories was launched in May this year to find the best koeksister in the country. The koeksisters from finalists from all over the country were adjudicated by a panel of judges of the South African Women’s Agricultural Union at the Hazelwood Food Market in Pretoria.
The winners receive a cash prize and their recipe will be used in job creation project in Pretoria West from where the koeksisters will be baked and distributed in bulk.
Christa Dormehl from Amanzimtoti received second prize and in third place was Julianna Griessel from Heidelberg. Gerda Swanepoel from Ermelo was the market favourite, who earlier this year became famous as a finalist in the kykNet programme Koekedoor.
For more information on the competition and to view the other finalists, please visit www.stoofstories.co.za or call Anel du Preez, Project Manager, at 012 644 4390.
Caption (from left to right): Willa Rademeyer, Anel du Preez and Johanna Rademeyer.