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This bollen 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.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
1 hr
1 hr 30 mins


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


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to the lowest possible temperature setting.

  • Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small mixing bowl; set aside.

  • Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, yeast mixture, and milk; beat with an electric mixer until blended. Cover the bowl of dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap.

  • Turn off the oven. Place the bowl on the lowest rack of the warmed oven. Allow to rest and rise for 1 hour.

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

  • Remove the bowl from the oven; mix apples and raisins into dough. Carefully slide dough by heaping teaspoons into hot oil. Do not crowd the skillet.

  • Fry fritters in hot oil until 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 remaining dough. Dust with sugar while warm.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 7.8g; carbohydrates 57g; fat 9.4g; cholesterol 33.4mg; sodium 221.4mg. Full Nutrition