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Oliebollen Dutch Doughnuts

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Oliebollen ((literally, "oil balls"), aka Dutch Doughnuts, are traditionally made and enjoyed as a New Years treat in Holland. But you can always make them at home whenever a craving hits! They can be made plain, but are typically filled with raisins or/and apples, then fried until golden brown and served warm dusted generously with powdered sugar. Crisp on the outside with a pillowy center that’s not too sweet. Absolutely irresistible! They taste the best when hot, but still wicked good at room-temperature. You can easily use Air Fryer or oven to reheat them. This recipe makes roughly 12-14Oliebollen, depending on how you scoop your Oliebollen.

  • 250 g Raisins
  • 16 g Fresh yeast (or 9 g active dry yeast)
  • 250 ml Lukewarm milk
  • 270 g White spelt flour (or ap flour)
  • 1 Large egg, at room-temperature
  • 1/3 tsp Black salt (or regular sea salt)
  • 1 kg Lard for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Soak the raisins for at least one hour in water, preferably overnight. Drain and pad dry with paper towels before use.
  2. Place yeast and lukewarm milk in a bowl and stir to dissolve. Set aside for 10 minutes or until mixture bubbles.
  3. Place flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour the yeast mixture and eggs into the well and stir into a smooth batter. Add in drained raisins and stir until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  4. Melt the lard in a deep-fryer or a large saucepan over medium heat to 190C/375F. Take a small piece of bread and put it in the lard. If it starts to fry immediately, then it's ready for frying. Working in batches, use 2 metal spoons (or an ice cream scoop) to shape scoops of dough into balls, and drop them carefully into the hot oil. Deep-fry, turning halfway, for 5-7 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
  5. Dust doughnuts generously with icing sugar and serve immediately. Enjoy them hot if possible. You can use Air Fryer or oven to reheat them.

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Tom 19/2/22 00:23

...they look good without the powdered sugar! I like the Mark Twain quote.

My name is Erika. 19/2/22 00:47

I wish I lived next door so I could stop by for a few. These look delicious Angie. Yummy! Have a great weekend. hugs-Erika

Martha 19/2/22 01:07

They sure do look good! Wishing you a wonderful weekend Angie - hugs!

Brian's Home Blog 19/2/22 01:34

I could sure polish off a try of those!

kathyinozarks 19/2/22 01:45

Hi Angie, these look delicious. Happy weekend

J.P. Alexander 19/2/22 04:34

Se ve muy rico. Gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso.

Fran @ G'day Souffle 19/2/22 06:44

I've never seen doughnuts fried in lard before- just oil. That should give them an interesting taste. Save some for me!

Nancy Chan 19/2/22 08:12

I think they look much more beautiful with the sugar dusting. I can eat a few of those in one go. Lol!

Lola Martínez 19/2/22 09:03

Estos dulces aquí los llamamos "frutas de sartén" por tener que freírlos para comerlos. Son típicos de esta época de carnaval y al igual que los tuyos, quedan buenísimos.

eileeninmd 19/2/22 12:21

Hello Angie,
Your donuts look delicious. I wish I could try one now with my coffee.
Thanks always for sharing the recipe. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

DEZMOND 19/2/22 13:18

Oliewhatten?!? They do look delish, what is black salt? Like salt black for realz? What makes it black? And what difference does it make and why is there sugar outside but not inside and cannot believe you use lard, sister, lard???

Angie's Recipes 19/2/22 14:08

@DEZMOND It's Kala namak from India. You can use Hawaiian lava black salt or any your favourite salt. Nothing wrong with lard. Seed oil is over processed oil and bad for your health because of high content of PUFA. Saturated fat is GOOD for you.

New Classic r 19/2/22 14:25

Hi Angie, these look very tasty. The Italian American community celebrates St. Joseph's day on March 19 with a very similar recipe.

David M. Gascoigne, 19/2/22 15:29

They look really good. I suspect that you can't limit yourself to just one. But if I had one with my morning coffee I'd be a happy guy!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 19/2/22 16:19

these sounds delicious I love donuts with raisins

shirleysimplerecipe 19/2/22 16:46

Hi! Angie, looks so delicious donuts 🍩😀!

Kitchen Riffs 19/2/22 17:09

I like recipes that require 1 kg lard for frying. :-) These looks wonderful! Gorgeous, and no doubt delicious. Tasty treat! Thanks.

Kelly | Foodtasia 19/2/22 17:23

Angie, these look wonderful!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 19/2/22 18:19

Oh, how delicious, Angie! A new kind of doughnut to try!!!

Bill 19/2/22 19:49

They look so delicious, I'd love to taste one or two.

handmade by amalia 20/2/22 06:01

I could go for one right now. Yum.

savorthebest 20/2/22 06:03

They sure do look delicious.

Manuel Bermúdez. 20/2/22 13:47

LOOK delicious, congratulations Angie.

claire 20/2/22 14:09

Lovely donuts! In general it is similar to Polish donuts and fried pancakes we call it racuchy.

Cooking Julia 20/2/22 15:42

I don't know these, but they look so good!!

Sonia 21/2/22 03:17

Hello Angie, The donuts are looking delicious. I will try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing.

Veronica Lee 21/2/22 05:42

Yummm! They certainly look good!

Happy Monday, Angie!

speedy70 21/2/22 09:17

Fantastiche, perfette per festeggiare carnevale!

Hena Tayeb 21/2/22 20:27

Yum.. these look delectable.

Nammi 22/2/22 05:08

oh this looks like a fun recipe to try , my kids love doughnuts and raisins , so should give this a try.

Choclette 22/2/22 12:22

Wow, they do sound good. Love your description - crisp on the outside and pillowy in the middle sounds too good to resist.

Javier 22/2/22 12:42

These look delicious! So tempting is this recipe I wish I had a piece in front of me...

Julie 22/2/22 13:21

Dutch donuts with the raisins look delicious.. I would love to have them with black tea, lovely!!

Mijú 22/2/22 14:56

Se ven genial!!! :-))))

Jeff the Chef 22/2/22 16:39

These oliebollen look abosultely irresistable! The colors of the crust and the crumb are pure perfection.

Pam 22/2/22 18:04

They look delicious.

Gingi 22/2/22 22:48

omggggggg, how do you consistently make these look so yummy?!?! I am dying to taste these!!! -

David 23/2/22 06:15

Angie, These Dutch donuts really don't look like donuts as we know them here in the USA...but they do look delicious! My kind of sweet treat for sure... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

tigerfish 23/2/22 21:47

Never heard of "oil balls" or dutch doughnuts before. At first glance, thought they were beignets.

Raymund 24/2/22 02:42

Wow they look great! Would love snacking on those

Debra Eliotseats 24/2/22 15:24

It's a good idea to revisit holiday recipes when you need a lift. These little oil balls should do that!

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 24/2/22 15:48

These look delicious, even if to an English person, they are a little confused about what they are.

They have the appearance and ingredient list of a traditional English "Rock Cake", although they have the texture and cooking method of an English doughnut.

I'll leave you a couple of links and you can see what you think:-

Either way, they are delicious and hey! What's in a name :)

Valentina 24/2/22 17:41

I'm all for having them whenever a craving hits! If only a plate of them was sitting next to my coffee right now. :-) ~Valentina

Angie's Recipes 24/2/22 19:46

@Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews They do look very much like rock cake, that's actually more a scone or biscuit using baking powder and soda instead of yeast. Some doughnuts from Countryside are very similar to our Berliners here.

The Yum List 25/2/22 04:23

Bet that would be fab as an afternoon snack.

Torviewtoronto 26/2/22 16:25

different type of donut interesting combination, lovely pictures

EASYFOODSMITH 28/2/22 15:44

These are new to me and they look phenomenal.

DeniseinVA 28/2/22 18:43

This looks delicious too Angie. We eat doughnuts as a special treat. I am putting this on our list. Thank you for another great recipe :)

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 28/2/22 19:48

Ooo I actually made this many years ago - delicious. Now I need to pull my Dutch recipes cookbook, just for more inspiration :)
The donuts look terrific!

gluten Free A_Z Blog 1/3/22 13:39

It's amazing how good a ball of fried dough tastes. These look absolutely delicious.

bread&salt 1/3/22 19:49

Looks great! These doughnuts really go well with Our tra-break time.

Lowcarb team member 4/3/22 22:12

These do look good.
Many thanks for sharing the recipe.

All the best Jan


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