How to make traditional oliebollen, a Dutch 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? If not this recipe is so worth it. We eat them the last few weeks of the year and just like the apple beignet we also eat oliebollen at New Years.
In December you find special oliebollen stalls everywhere but 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 that we only eat oliebollen for a couple of weeks per year and then wait a whole year before we eat them again.
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 even though an oliebol comes really close to a doughnut. 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.
These are the basic ingredients you need for this oliebollen 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 before use.
What is important is to use a new packet of yeast and combine the yeast, sugar, and 100ml of lukewarm milk.
It is always important 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 it with a wet tea towel and store in a warm draft-free area.
The oliebollen are fried in vegetable oil, so heat the oil to 370℉/180℃. There is a simple tip to check if the oil is hot enough. Put a piece of bread in the oil. If it starts to fry immediately your oil is hot enough.
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 is best eaten while hot.
Oliebollen personalization options
You can personalize you oliebol and fill them with sweet and savory ingredients. Just add them to the dough and stir through:
- Chocolate chip
You can also use savory ingredients:
How to store traditional Dutch oliebollen
There are a number of ways you can store oliebollen:
- When you are going to eat them on the same day put them in a bowl and leave them out of the fridge
- Store them in the fridge for a day or two
- 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 apple beignets
- Traditional Dutch pancakes
- The best Dutch apple pie
- Dutch Christmas kerststol bread ring
See how to make traditional Dutch oliebollen
Want to see how you can make traditional Dutch oliebollen? Watch the instruction video below:
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