Worldly Wednesday – Olliebollen
Wondering what Olliebollen is? It’s one of my favourite treats! They are little fruit doughnuts. Dutch in origin, they are traditionally a New Years treat.
I went to a school that was originally started by a number of Dutch people in our local community. There were a lot of Dutch families attending the school and so it was only natural that our school fair served these treats – and eventually the school fair became known as the Olliebollen festival.
Once a year in October, I get to feast on these yummy fried beauties. It was my favourite Dutch thing, in fact since I wasn’t Dutch, I felt like I didn’t fit in at my school and generally hated my high school times. I walked out of that place at the end of year ten and swore I would never, ever marry a Dutch man.
Four years later, I met a wonderful guy. In fact, the night I met him after many hours of talking, I just KNEW he was the one. Weird huh? But true. It just felt RIGHT. He was however half Dutch… Typical! I managed to reconcile with that, because you know what? The boy cooks Olliebollen! All was forgiven.
So here it is, A1 cooks Olliebollen!
¾ oz compressed yeast (or around 1 ½ sachets of dried yeast)
1 cup lukewarm milk
9oz (2 ¼ cups) plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
3oz (3/4 cup) currants
4oz (3/4 cup) raisins, chopped (or sultanas if preferred)
1 ½ green cooking apples (grated)
Oil for deep frying