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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Bringing In 2014

This festive season has been very much about family.
Most nights have seen nine of us for dinner.
We brought in New Year 2014 with a Dutch tradition.
Mr Honey Pie and I cooked Oliebollen - or Dutch new year doughnuts.

Here is the recipe, passed down to me by my Mother-in-Law:


2 1/4  Cups(350g) S.R. Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups (275g) dried mixed fruit
1 cooking apple, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon almond essence
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 cups water


Sift flour, salt, sugar & ground ginger.
Add mixed fruit & grated apple & combine thoroughly.
Make a well in centre & gradually mix in water & essence till you have a smooth batter.
Drop heaped dessertspoons-full one at a time into hot fat (375 oF - 190 oC)
A mixture of 1500 mls vegetable oil to 250g butter is best. 
Cook until golden brown (about 8 min.)
Drain and when cool dust liberally with icing sugar.

There are many various recipes for Oliebollen, some made with yeast, which I have never tried.
I have attempted to make these with gluten free flour but, alas, am yet to perfect a good conversion.
Last night I realised I had no almond essence so used vanilla instead with good results.
Also did a batch which is apple free and found it to be quite nice.

To all my followers and random readers...I wish you a happy, safe and prosperous new year.

And although I gave up making new year's resolutions about fifty years ago (simply because I had broken them less than a month after making them), this year I have made one.

It is a practice I began early last year and which I want to continue into 2014 and beyond:

I will say less and listen more.

Do you make new year resolutions?


  1. Happy new year D, thanks for a great year of blogging. May 2014 bring you all good things xx

  2. Thanks Kath and to you too...look forward to catching up with you via your blog in 2014 too. xxx


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