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Appelbeignets and oliebollen
It's been a while since I made my own traditional Dutch New Year's Eve food, oliebollen and appelflappen / appelbeignets but this year I gave it another go.
Filled the deepfryer with clean sunflower oil, cut some apples and prepared the batter for both, and drank the remainder of the 'Old Brown beer' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heineken_Oud_Bruin) I used for the batter and went ahead.
I really like the end result, and imho it tastes far better than the ones for sale at the supermarkets. Making them is quite a bit of fun too, though I still strongly dislike the cleaning up that's involved with it. :P

So, what are oliebollen? Let's quite Wikipedia for that:
"An oliebol (plural oliebollen) is a traditional Dutch food.
Oliebollen (literally oil balls) are traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve and at funfairs. In wintertime, they are also sold in the street at mobile stalls.
In the Flanders part of Belgium and Brussels they are called smoutebollen (literally lard balls although the real "smout" is of rapeseed oil).
In English they are more commonly known as Dutch Doughnuts or Dutchies .
Oliebollen are a variety of dumpling made by using an ice-scooper or two spoons to scoop a certain amount of dough and dropping the dough into a deep fryer filled with hot oil. In this way, a sphere-shaped oliebol emerges.
The dough is made from flour, eggs, yeast, some salt, milk, baking powder and usually sultanas, currants, raisins and sometimes zest or succade. A notable variety is the appelbeignet which contains only a slice of apple, but the dough needs time to rise for at least an hour. Oliebollen are usually served with powdered sugar."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliebol

Feel like making this Dutch food yourself? Then give this recipe a go: http://dutchfood.about.com/od/breadspastriescookies/r/Oliebollen.htm

DutchCuisine TraditionalFood smoutebol DutchDoughnuts

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