1 hour 30 min

    This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. It is a Dutch favourite on New Year's Eve.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2 (7g) sachets dried active baking yeast
    • 125ml lukewarm water (45 degrees C)
    • 550g plain flour
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 350ml milk
    • 200g chopped apple
    • 150g sultanas (optional)
    • 1 litre vegetable oil for frying
    • caster sugar for decoration

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Warm oven on lowest possible temperature setting.
    2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small mixing bowl. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add the eggs, yeast mixture and milk; beat with an electric mixer until blended.
    3. Turn off the oven. Cover the prepared dough with a greased piece of cling film, and place the bowl of dough on the lowest rack of the warmed oven. Allow to rest and rise for 1 hour.
    4. Heat the oil for frying to 175 degrees C in a heavy bottomed, deep frying pan.
    5. Mix the apples and sultanas into the dough. Then, carefully slide the dough by heaping teaspoons into the preheated oil. Do not crowd the pan. Fry the fritters until they are golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. They should turn over on their own when they are ready to brown on the other side, but keep an eye on them and flip them as necessary. Remove them to a kitchen paper lined plate and repeat with the remaining dough. Dust with sugar while warm.

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    Reviews in English (22)


    I am Dutch and we make it for old years day and we make a lot like 50-100 pieces for the familiy. On new years day we eat the "left overs"as breakfast or even as lunch. Besides oliebollen we make appelflappen, sliced apples with cinnamon and sugar in a dough Oil balls is the name becuase they look like balls baked in oil. On the oliiebollen you pour sugarpouwder (a lot) not normal sugar. You can also make them with out raisin or apple offically oliebollen are without raisin and rozijnenbollen/raisenballs are with. But most people make them with Real Dutch is to pour beer and milk in the dough and not eggs and water. For 41/2 cups flour I use about 1 bottle of beer (330 ml) and 3 or 4 cups of handwarm milk, 2 apples shopped, 2 cups of raisins, 2-3 spoons of sugar. 2 packages of yeast, teaspoon salt. Put it all together until the dough is in a thick ribbon running of your spoon and the it double it size when it rest We bake them in a pan filled with oil 2-3 ltr. I use a pan that can keep the temprature on 180 degrees C and bake for a few hours  -  08 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was SO surprised to hear that this was a New Years tradition with the dutch, even though we made these EVERY New Years day- I thought it was just a family thing LOL! Our recipe did not use yeast and is very easy to make: 2 cup of buttermilk 3 tbsp oil 1 1 /4 cup sugar 2-3 eggs 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup raisins 4 cups of flour. Mix all ingrediants and deep fry till golden . makes about 3 dozen YUM- bring on the holidays!  -  01 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a traditonal Dutch recipe, that's served every year around Newyear's Eve. I have a few pointers: I use more sugar (or sweetner). To fully enjoy the taste of the apples, you should use sour apples. According to this recipe, the raisins are optional, but they're actually standard ingredients (in Holland). Also try canned pineapple for a sweeter result. Or rum-raisins to give it a little kick.  -  20 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)