Grandma DeJoode’s Ollie Balls (Oliebollen)

Ingredients:

  • 5 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 C cooked mashed potatoes (approx. two medium potatoes)
  • 1 package of yeast (dissolve in warm water or milk)
  • 2 C water
  • 2 C raisins
  • Vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 C lukewarm milk, then add 1 C water.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, salt. Mix beaten eggs and vanilla, then add mashed potatoes. Combine with dry mix. Add water with yeast, making a soft elastic dough. (More water might be needed to make dough soft). Add raisins. Cover the dough and set aside to rise until double, about 1 hour.
  3. Heat vegetable oil to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven. Keep temperature constant. Balls will have a golden crust outside and non-greasy, cake-like inside.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop dipped in the hot oil to shape the dough into heaping balls. Carefully drop into the hot oil. Fry balls until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Flip balls with a fork.
  5. Drain finished doughnuts on paper towels lined in a colander; dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  6. Serve warm (best!), piled into a bowl with more confectioner’s sugar dusted over them.

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Submitted by Lynsley H.

 

 

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