How to make traditional oliebollen, a Dutch Doughnut treat that is eaten around New Year’s Eve.
They are a bit chewy, a little sweet and fried. All the things that we should not eat but that taste so good. Are you ready to learn this how to make this traditional oliebollen recipe? Let’s get started.
Have you ever tried oliebollen? These Dutch donuts are so worth it.
If you go to the Netherlands at the end of November or in December you will definitely see stalls with oliebollen everywhere.
We eat them the last few weeks of the year and just like the appelflappen Dutch apple beignet. We also eat oliebollen on New Year’s eve.
Besides special oliebollen stalls, you can also buy them at the bakery shop or even at the supermarket.
Of course, you can make them yourself and that is what we are doing today.
If you taste them you will not understand why we only eat yeasted donuts for a couple of weeks per year instead of the whole year-round.
You can make them with a prepared pack that contains all of the ingredients but you can also make them from scratch.
Both work just fine but I am showing you how easy it is to make this oliebollen recipe. If you want to follow along just watch the instruction video below.
You will see that these yeasted balls come really close to a donut. The big difference between the two is the dough of an oliebol.
The dough is very elastic that becomes a little chewy when fried.
There are lots of ways to customize your traditional Dutch oliebollen and make them taste different every time. Just look at the options below.
To make this Dutch doughnut recipe you need a number of ingredients. These are the basic ingredients you need for this recipe:
- Dry yeast
- Oil for frying
How to make traditional oliebollen
To make this recipe we start with the raisins and currants. Put the currants and raisins in water and leave overnight.
Drain and pad dry with paper towels before use.
It is really important is to use a new packet of yeast for this recipe. Combine the yeast, sugar, and 100 ml of lukewarm milk.
You need to use a fresh package of yeast to ensure the dough will rise as needed so you get light and fluffy doughnuts.
Warm the milk slightly and put aside. Add the yeast to the sugar and stir through. Then add a little bit of milk and stir.
The yeast mixture should start to froth and bubble. This usually takes 5-10 minutes. In the meanwhile sieve the flour.
Then add the remainder of the milk, the beaten egg, and salt. Stir through thoroughly to cover all of the flour.
Now it is time for the currants and the raisins. Stir them through the dough as well before you let it proof for at least an hour.
Cover the dough with a wet tea towel and store it in a warm draft-free area. The oven is a good spot you do not have to turn it on.
Oliebollen are fried in vegetable oil, so heat a pan with 3/4 of oil to 370℉/180℃. There is a simple tip to check if the oil is hot enough.
Take a piece of bread and put it in the oil. If it starts to fry immediately your oil is hot enough.
Now take a gravy spoon or a big ice scoop and a spoon. Scoop a ball of dough and fry them in about 5 to 7 minutes or golden brown.
Drain on some kitchen paper. Decorate with icing sugar and serve immediately.
This recipe yields about 12 to 14 oliebollen and they are best eaten while hot.
Oliebollen personalization options
You can personalize your Dutchies and fill them with sweet and savory ingredients. Just add the options to the dough and stir through:
- Chocolate chip
You can also use savory ingredients:
How to store traditional Dutch oliebollen?
Just in case you do not eat all of these sweet treats in one go, there are a number of ways you can store oliebollen:
- Outside the fridge – when you are going to eat them on the same day put them in a bowl and leave them out of the fridge
- Fridge – Store them in the fridge for a day or two
- Freezer – if you want to preserve longer store them in the freezer
Warm them in the microwave in 30-second increments. You can also warm them in the oven at 200℉/100℃ for 5 minutes.
More traditional Dutch recipes
- Oven-baked puff pastry appelflappen Dutch apple beignets
- Traditional Dutch pancakes
- The best Dutch apple pie
- Dutch Christmas kerststol stollen bread
See how to make traditional Dutch oliebollen
Want to see how you can make traditional Dutch doughnuts? Watch the recipe video with step by step instruction.
It shows how easy it is to make these doughnuts yourself.
Have fun making this traditional Dutch oliebollen recipe!
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How to make traditional oliebollen from scratch. Oliebollen are a little like doughnuts chewy, sweet, fried and delicious. A great treat for the holidays!
- 300 gram flour
- 270 ml milk
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 7 g of dry yeast
- ½ tsp salt
- 25 g currants
- 40 g raisins
- 1½ litre vegetable oil
- Leave the currants and raisins in water over night. Drain before use and pad dry
- Warm 100 ml milk until it is luke warm. After the yeast and sugar are put together add the milk and stir
- The mixture should start to bubble and rise a bit. This takes a couple of minutes
- Sieve the flour and add yeast mixture, now add the remainder of the milk, the beaten egg and the salt
- Stir through until all the flour is covered. Then add the currants and raisins mix again
- Proof for at least one hour
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan
- Take to spoons or an ice scoop and make ball of dough and drop them in the oil. Make 3 to 5 at a time to not crowd the pan
- It will take about 5 to 7 minutes to fry the oliebollen
- Decorate with icing sugar and serve immediately.
Calories: 129; Fat: 4.1g; Carbs: 22g; Protein: 2.3g