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.