Typical Dutch, Oliebollen.

Right at the beginning of November all over the Netherlands food trucks are set up to sell a traditional pastry called Oliebollen

I published this in May but now is more the time to make and eat these.

Traditionally these are eaten between Christmas and New Years Eve and are as Dutch as clogs and Gouda.

I haven’t been asked, yet, by my family to make them but I might indulge them this year and go for it.

1 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast or 2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 cup lukewarm milk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
3/4 cup raisins
1 quart vegetable oil for deep-frying
1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Break up the compressed yeast, and stir into the warm milk.
Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve.
Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
Stir the yeast mixture and egg into the flour and mix into a smooth batter. Stir in the raisins.
Cover the bowl, and leave the batter in a warm place to rise until double in size. This will take about 1 hour.
Heat the oil in a deep-fryer, or heavy deep pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Use 2 metal spoons to shape scoops of dough into balls, and drop them carefully into the hot oil.
Fry the balls until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
The doughnuts should be soft and not greasy.
If the oil is not hot enough, the outside will be tough and the insides greasy.
Drain finished doughnuts on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Serve them piled on a dish with more confectioners’ sugar dusted over them.
Eat them hot.


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