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READY IN 1 hour
PREP TIME 30 minutes
COOK TIME 20 minutes
SERVINGS 60 to 70

It's the time of the year. When New Year's Eve is near it is "oliebollen" time in Holland, in English they are called Dutch doughnuts. Lovely deep fried yeast dough balls dusted with powder sugar, they are a must have at New Year's Eve.

I thought you might want to give these traditional treats a go.

Here's an easy simple recipe without yeast, so ready for the deep fryer in a whimper

Happy New Year, everybody!!!   


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 liter buttermilk
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 250 gr sugar
  • Raisins or sultanas as desired


  • 1Crack the eggs in a bowl and beat well
  • 2Combine the baking soda, baking powder with the buttermilk and add to the eggs. Mix well
  • 3Add the flour to the mixture until you have a thick batter. Add the salt and mix through
  • 4Allow to rest for 20 minutes, meanwhile, heat a pan with vegetable oil to 190 degrees Celsius (375 F)
  • 5Pour, with the help of an ice cream scoop, batter in the oil. They will float after a few seconds, flip them over after 1 to 2 minutes and fry on the other side for 2 minutes
  • 6Drain on kitchen paper and dust with powdered sugar. Cut the first one in half to see if well cooked, timing varies based on their size.
  • 7If you like to add raisins or sultanas, divide the mix in half before frying and add the raisins/sultanas to half of the mixture