Traditional ‘oliebollen’ (literally, ‘oil balls’) or Dutch Donoughts. Not making them this year as I am too busy – working on assignments and a family wedding tomorrow. However, I will still be thinking about them! They are a Dutch tradition, made and enjoyed specifically to ring in the New Year with loads of icing sugar sprinkled over them. They are an early version of the American donut, the early Dutch settlers took their tradition with them and it evolved in a far sweeter and not as nice product that is consumed anytime-anywhere.
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1 kg all-purpose flour
1 liter luke warm milk
60 g dry yeast
50 g caster sugar
80 g soft butter
1 lemon, juice of
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
75 g currants
100 g raisins
100 g sultanas (or mixed peel)
200 g finely diced apples
1/2 teaspoon salt
Soak fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas) for 1 hour to plump up, then drain (soaking is optional).
Add diced apple to fruit and stir in lemon juice.
Dissolve yeast into 2 cups of the luke warm milk.
In a large bowl, add flour, making a dip in the middle.
Cream castor sugar and soft butter and add to flour.
Add lightly beaten eggs and yeast mixture.
Begin to combine ingredients stirring in one direction.
Slowly add remaining milk stirring until thick and smooth.
Add fruit mixture and stir ’til combined.
Add salt and stir again.
Pour into clean plastic bucket (I buy a new one each year) or very large bowl.
Cover with clean kitchen cloth and let rise in warm place (ideally 30F) for 1/2 hour.
When doubled in size, hit side of bucket or bowl to “drop” the batter.
Using two spoons which have been dipped into hot (180F) sunflower oil (repeat this step as required), scoop a spoonful of batter and form oilebollen (this is somewhat an art to get right to produce perfect round shape) then slide (drop) into oil from just above oil level.
Fry in small batches until rich golden brown (oliebollen should turn in the oil by themselves but turn with spoon if required).
Remove with slotted spoon.
Drain on kitchen paper.
Sprinkle liberally with icing sugar to serve.