Dutch Doughnuts or Oliebollen

(Source: http://www.tokotsluisje.nl/Oliebollen-Appelflappen.php)
In the month December you can find them many places in Utrecht. First you’ll recognize the smell, sweet and surary and hten you’ll see the mobile stalls that sell all kinds of deep fried deliciousness, or ‘oliebollen’ as Dutchies call it. They are a new years tradition in the Netherlands and you eat them with Poedersuiker (that white sugar) on new years eve and new years day. If you haven’t tried them yet, definately give it a go, or if you want to impress your friends, make them yourself with New Years Eve!

– one egg
– 500 ml milk
– 500 g flour
– one packet of dry yeast
– one teaspoon of sugar
– one teaspoon of cinnamon
– one teaspoon of salt
– frying oil
– powdered sugar

  1. For the basic dough, mix the flour with the yeast, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Mix the egg. Add the egg to the flour. While stirring the batter with a wooden spoon, add the milk. Keep stirring until you have a smooth dough.
  2. If you want, you can now add some filling. Suggestions: currant and raisins, little slices of apple or lemon zest.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and let the dough rise on a warm place for an hour, until it is doubled in volume.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep fryer till 175 C. Fry little balls of dough using an ice cream scoop in five minutes until they’re golden brown. Take them out using a skimmer en drip out on sheets of kitchen towels.
  5. Serve the Dutch doughnuts with powdered sugar.

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