Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Someone asked me for a recipe for dutch Oliebollen, so here it is:

1 egg
2 cups milk
1 lemon
1 apple
500 g flour
1 sachet dried yeast (7 gram)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
100 gram raisins
50 gram currants
confectioners sugar to decorate with
oil for deepfrying

Make sure egg and milk are on roomtemperature. Rinse lemon with water, rasp the yellow peel and squeeze out juice. Peel apples and cut in small chunks. Pour some lemonjuice over them to prevent them from getting brown.

Batter: Put the flour ( minus 1 tbsp) in a large bowl, add yeast, sugar, cinnamon and salt, stir.
In a cup beat the egg a little. Make a hole in the middle of the flour, and add egg. Start adding the milk to it, while you stir with a beater or electric mixer. Keep on stirring and adding the milk till you have a smooth batter. This might take a while :)
Filling (optional): Toss in a bowl lemonpeel, applecubes, raisins and currants together with one tablespoon of flour. Stir filling through batter.
Cover bowl with clingfilm and let the batter stand on a warm place till doubled in size.

How to make them:

Heat oil till 175 Celcius. with an icescoop put a little bit of batter gently in the oil . You have to drop it a little bit above the oil, so that it will form perfect balls as soon as they fall in the oil. Add about 4 more, and fry them for about 5 minutes , till brown. You might have to turn them over after a few minutes to get both sides evenly brown.
Take out of the oil and let stand for a few minutes in a colander which you have lined with papertowel.
Let the oil get to the right temperature before adding the new oliebollen.

Serve warm or cold, dusted with confectioners sugar.

In Holland we traditionally eat them on New-Years eve.


Blogger ChichaJo said...

Hooray! Oliebollen! I so enjoyed this when I was in The Netherlands. I found out the hard way that it is traditionally made around New Years...I was having a ball eating all that I could stuff in my mouth, then I went home for Chrsitmas break. When I got back to Amsterdam after the holidays the oliebollen stand was gone! I was like a crazy woman looking for it! Thanks so much for this recipe!

7:37 PM  
Blogger babzy said...

Thanks for this recipe. I can't wait for daylight to get the ingredeints.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm so excited to find this recipe. My grandmother used to make these on New Year's eve and she died a few years back, before I get the recipe from her. She came to Canada during WWII. My father was also born in Holland came to Canada when he was 4. So this year I will finally be able to pay hommage to my Dutch roots.

Thank you again.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just come back spending New Year in Holland. My friend make these every year on New Year's eve. Now my familie can enjoy Oliebollen throughout the year. THANK YOU!

4:43 AM  
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