The most ubiquitous New Year’s treat in the Netherlands is ‘oliebollen’. Sometimes called Dutch doughnuts even though, in my opinion, they don’t resemble doughnuts at all. They’re balls (bollen) of batter deep-fried in cooking oil (olie), then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Often the balls have extra ingredients cooked inside them, like raisins or apple. My mother always cooks them herself and this year was no exception.
I’ve always loved oliebollen, especially the ones with pieces of sour apple in them. But today I discovered that oliebollen have become a little bit too greasy for my taste. Which is a shame because I always used to really enjoy them with a glass of champagne at the countdown to the new year. Oh well, one was enough for this year.