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15 - Oliebollenkraam

O... Oliebollen

An oliebol is a traditional Dutch food. Oliebollen (literally oil balls) are traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve and at funfairs. Sometimes it is referenced in English as Dutch donut.
Oliebollen are a variety of donut made by using two spoons to scoop a certain amount of dough and dropping the dough into a deep fryer filled with hot oil. In this way, a sphere-shaped oliebol emerges.
The dough is made from flour, eggs, yeast, some salt, milk, baking powder and optionally some sultanas or currants or raisins and sometimes apple pieces and zest or succade. The dough needs time to rise for at least an hour. Oliebollen are usually served with powdered sugar.
They are said to have been first eaten by Germanic tribes in the Netherlands during the Yule, the period between December 26 and January 6. The Germanic goddess Perchta, together with evil spirits, would fly through the mid-winter sky. To appease these spirits, food was offered, much of which contained deep-fried dough. It was said Perchta would try to cut open the bellies of all she came across, but because of the fat in the oliebollen, her sword would slide off the body of whomever ate them.

In months November and December you'll find these stands all over the Netherlands.

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mathilda williams17-Dec-2008 03:38
Oliebollen! Poffertjies!! Very tasty :)
Harrison17-Dec-2008 00:46
Nice, lovely colors.
carol j. phipps16-Dec-2008 16:10
Incentive to see lots of oily dough, huh!!!
Sheila16-Dec-2008 05:47
Your description made my mouth water!
Love the shot, very nice atmosphere.
Jola Dziubinska16-Dec-2008 01:45
Ooooo, must taste dlicioooooous!!
pkocinski16-Dec-2008 00:06
This is a gorgeous image. The colors and composition work so well. I'm craving an Oliebollen from your description of them :-) Well done.
Walter Otto Koenig15-Dec-2008 23:51
Interesting story behind this. It's interesting how there different variations on this type of food in different cultures. Nice entry,
J. Scott Coile15-Dec-2008 23:50
I'mmmmmmmmmmm starving ;-)
Máire Uí Mhaicín15-Dec-2008 23:30
A lovely picture to explain the oliebollen. They sound very calorific, and tempting!!
Cindi Smith15-Dec-2008 23:19
I want some! That sounds delicious!!!!!!! I like your O image!
Guest 15-Dec-2008 23:18
Mmmmm... I bet these are really, really tasty! I love the stand with all the lights!
Russ Rose15-Dec-2008 22:19
A nice find. cool.
jlm15-Dec-2008 19:31
Nice street shot !
Inga Morozoff15-Dec-2008 19:24
Ik kan ze nu all proofen! ;-)
cits_4_pets15-Dec-2008 16:52
Beautiful colors, lighting and composition. V
Guest 15-Dec-2008 14:42
Great tasty treat on a cold day ...
Ann...15-Dec-2008 12:15
A lovely warm feeling emmenates from this image as it does, I'm sure from the stand. The description of the food is mouthwatering!!
Yvonne15-Dec-2008 12:09
They sound very similar to what we now call "kitchener buns" but once were "Berliners"
Wonderful shot of the kiosk with the inviting colour and dazzling lights Maaike!
laine8215-Dec-2008 10:07
Sound like donuts...I love profitjes, with syrup, lemon & icecream !!
Dave Hein15-Dec-2008 08:52
They sound very familiar... In Hawaii, the same thing is called Malasadas. Delicious!
j>a>e>17 :):):)15-Dec-2008 08:50
yumyumyum treatsss for the holidazzze with muse~ical maaaike :):):)
Kathryn15-Dec-2008 08:48
They sound delicious.