This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. It is a Dutch favorite on New Year's Day. I spent New Year's Day with my in-laws for the first time and brought this tradition with me. They were very impressed with this delicious doughnut-like treat.

rita
Advertisement

Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Warm oven on lowest possible temperature setting.

    Advertisement
  • 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.

  • Turn off the oven. Cover the prepared dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap, and place the bowl of dough on the lowest rack of the warmed oven. Allow to rest and rise for 1 hour.

  • Heat the oil for frying to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a heavy bottomed, deep skillet.

  • Mix the apples and raisins 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 paper towel lined plate and repeat with the remaining dough. Dust with sugar while warm.

Nutrition Facts

339.5 calories; 7.8 g protein; 57 g carbohydrates; 33.4 mg cholesterol; 221.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
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 Read More
(39)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2008
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. Read More
(26)
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
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 Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
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 Read More
(39)
Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2008
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. Read More
(26)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
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! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
MMMM very good. I doubled the recipe so I would have lots enough to give away some. I don't recommend this it takes forever to cook them! My deep fryer is not very big so I could only cook 2 at a time as they do get a lot bigger while cooking. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2011
My partner is Dutch. We've been having Olliebolen since we had our first new year together. Depending on the number of guests we are entertaining usually i divide the dough into two batches before adding the dried fruits and wait for a bit til it rises again and add one batch with the dried and candied fruits and the other one with apple rings to make appelflappen. Sieve a lot of confectioner sugar cinnamon on them before serving. Better serve warm. Love it.:) Read More
(8)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2008
Excellent. I added about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. They disappeared quickly! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2011
Very similar to my father's recipe except he added 1 tsp. vanilla and lots of cinnamon and substituted currants for the raisins. Confectioners sugar for dipping them into is a must. I have kept up this tradition in my home and it wouldn't be the same on New Year's Eve without making these for my kids! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2011
very good! dipped them icing sugar Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2008
I couldn't taste the apple enough and I tasted the yeast a little too much but I still enjoyed them. We made them for a group of 5 people and got mixed reviews. Read More
(4)