Friday, December 10, 2010

Oliebollen



Oliebollen is a traditional dutch food. "Olie" in Dutch means oil and "bol" means ball, whereas "bollen" is the plural of "bol". A dough mixture of flour, yeast, egg, baking powder, salt and milk is deepfried in hot oil giving rise to the name, I think. Usually raisins, currants, sultanas, apple and banana pieces are added, creating different varieties. They are normally served with powdered sugar.


Here in Holland, it is commonly sold everywhere in town in the months of October to early January. You will definitely not find it in the spring or summer. A search in the wiki says that it is traditionally eaten on new year's eve and at funfair, and sometimes it is referred to in English as Dutch donuts.



Picture courtesy of mr wiki.....



Oliebollen stall


Oliebollen upclose, after a big bite :)



Look at how big the oliebol is...


Nowadays you can buy readymade flour mixture from the supermarkets. All you have to do is add 500ml water to the flour, mix it and leave it for half an hour to rise. Then you can start frying like any other fritter. But still, they only produce the mixture for a limited period of time, once it's sold out, say in January, then you will not be able to buy it anymore, not until the next season. I normally stock 3/4 packets, there is no point in buying a lot of them because the expiry date is normally in April.



Oliebollen mixture

Personally, I think oliebollen is just like our "chokodok" or cucur tepung or cucur "bom" some might say. My late grandmother and my mother used to make it for "kuih petang" or sometimes breakfast...

:)

13 comments:

Nana said...

Ahhh...a new blog. I like it!
First of all, congratulations! It would be great to hear about life in Holland. I can definitely learn a few new words! Just like you, know some Japanese words like onsen and mikan gari...hihihi. This would be fun!

Oliebollen sure looks yummy! Chokodok with raisins...hmm, I get the idea. :)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty IA,
Oh...di sini dia menyorok ye? Oliebollen? Hmmm...still prefer poffertjes. Anyway, kalau ke Bandung, mesti makan pisang bollen - which pisang and cheese wrapped in pastry, then sprinkle some cheese on top and bake. yummm.....I wonder if there's any Dutch version of that. purrrr.....meow!

I amsterdam said...

TQ for coming Nana!! Goode Middag (pronounced khud medakh- gd afternoon)

Life is certainly different when u live abroad. I take this opportunity to observe the Dutch, and I already have some views of them, I just hope to be able to write it down nicely.

Do drop by again :)

I amsterdam said...

Cats!!

It's wonderful to have you here! TQ for coming! He..he.. here we are, hoping to share something of our lifes here.

We love poffertjes!!! especially the freshly made ones at the markets!! The taste of melting butter is simply heaven...

No, I don't think I have seen the Dutch version of pisang bollen with cheese. Will mention it when I do find it :)

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ieda said...

salam perkenalan..
pagi esok boleh buat sarapan oliebollen pisang...hehe.mesti anak2 ternganga dengar umie depa sebut perkataan ni.

I amsterdam said...

Salam Eida,

TQ for dropping by. Bezanya oliebollen & jemput2 pisang tu : kita lenyek pisang kan, tapi disini.. kepingan kecil pisang dletak dlm adunan tu.. jd bila makan tu terasa la pisangnya. Tapi jemput2 pisang lagi sedapppp :)

TK said...

Wah blog baru!! Cantiknya Tulip...!!!
Kalau pegi Indonesia esp Bandung the Dutch influence is so great.
All the food mmg mostly Dutch food.
Kat Bandung Pisang Bollen is so popular. I mmg suka sgt! I can eat like 5 biji belon with cheese skali makan. Habis licin. Now baru tau makna Bollen.

TK said...

Eh sorry 5 biji Belon pulak..bollen I mean..

I amsterdam said...

Hi TK !!!

Welcome to my new blog!

I belum pun berpeluang nak pi Indon lagi... dah nak pergi dulu, tapi 2x cancel, x da rezeki.

Kalau cam tu I mesti cari pisang bollen ala Bandung ni.. rasanya kat sini macam x ada pun...

Cheqna said...

wahh dahsyat TK makan 5 belon..errr bollen..hehehe.

I.A dear, acu bagi resepi betul2..nak dapat supply mmg tak da lah kan..hehe

:-)

I amsterdam said...

he..he... I pun asyik tersalah eja bollen tu...

Resepi homemade x ada, kami guna readymade tu je... bila habis, buat cucuq bilis cicah sos cili hmmm lagi sedap...

Cheqna said...

btul btul..supply cucuq yg segera pun lebih banyak dari bollen..hehe

:-)