30 December 2011


Tomorrow we ring in a new year! Yeah!
*** 2012 ***
We are currently very busy in Holland. Not only with shoppings and buying fireworks.
No way…we spend the last days of December baking typical Dutch holiday pastries that we eat
at the 31st of December and the 1st of January.

By far out the most popular are: OLIEBOLLEN (raisin fritter balls)
However, I prefer the literal translation:  OIL BULBS
What about that, see the link to my Dutch nationality ☺!!!
Raisin fritters are very delicious and we Dutch eat lotsa them.

 It’s fun to build your own tower of raisin fritters and then dusting it all over with icing sugar.
(I wonder what will happen if I sneeze…hihi)

And if you do not want to bake the holiday goodies and many other yummies yourself, then 
they are widely available from bakeries, supermarkets and market stables like the one above.
I live in the east of Holland, and in our region it is a tradtion to bake New Year Rolls:
well known as KNIEPERTJES
They are made off normal cookie batter with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon and anise.
They are very crispy and taste delicious.
This is how you make them:

After they have cooled you fill ‘em with whipped cream….mmm

These New Year Rolls are baked for a long time. Below you see a painting of Tomas Yepes
in 1640. Here you see a whole basket full of New Year Rolls.

But by far my favorite delicacy of these days, joy of all joys…….tadaaaaaaaaa……..
Dutch APPELBOLLEN “ (Apple Dumplings)


This is a real Dutch treat and they are only available in this time of the year.
You need a particular apple variety: the so called GOUDREINETTEN, they taste a little sour.

Apple dumplings are made off apples (!), raisins, cinnamon, sugar, marzipan and puff pastry.
 Hmmmm I’m almost melting if I see a picture of them!

Dutch apple dumplings are delectable, free-form packages made by wrapping puff pastry around a cored apple filled with marzipan, cinnamon, sugar and raisins (rum, too, if you’re feeling frisky !!!). They’re almost like individual apple pies, but faster and easier to make, especially if you have puff pastry on hand.
Here is the recipe for Dutch “Appelbollen” - Apple Dumplings

The shopping list:
what you will need to bake 4 apple dumplings
  1/2 Cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 c water
1 Tbsp butter, plus 4 more tsp
4 apples, peeled and cored
2 Tbsp raisins
4 Tsp light brown sugar

for each apple you need one  puff pastry square ( or French pastry), 

enough for a single crust apple dumpling.

Cooking instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees F/ 180º C. Make syrup: Place dark brown sugar, water and 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minute or two, to thicken up. Set aside.
2. Take 1 puff pastry square. Roll or hand flatten each into a “pancake” large enough to cover a whole apple. Place each apple in the middle of its own pastry square and take a little marzipan and press it down.
3. Evenly divide raisins, light brown sugar and butter among the 4 apple core holes. Sprinkle all 4 apples with cinnamon. And for those who want to feel ‘frisky’ add a little bit of rum.
 For each one, bring up the sides of the puff pastry to cover and close in the apple. (If you like sprinkle the puff pastry with white sugar). Place apples on a rimmed baking sheet, baste with syrup and bake for 20-25 minutes, basting 2-3 more times, until golden brown.
Serve hot or cold, with icing sugar. Enjoy!!


I suppose this is (or was?) my last blog post of 2012.
Enjoy the last days of December and I wish you all a great New Year's Eve.

  ♥*♥*♥ See ya in 2012 ♥*♥*♥

Oops…before I forget: 

 ♥*♥*♥ * ♥*♥*♥


Leny said...

Happy New Year Thea!!!! All the best Wishes!!!

Hugs,Leny xoxo

Leny said...

Hi Thea,

Ik heb je plaatje geleend en op fb gezet! Vindt vuurwerk eng en gevaarlijk! Hoop dat je het niet erg vindt!!

Happy New Year!!!!

Kays Kids said...

Dear Thea, I have tasted Olliebollen,
from a Dutch lady the made some for me about 20 years ago. They were delicious. Happy New Year to you.
Hugs Kay

The Bear's Blog said...

Healthy & Happy New Year, Thea.


Wateringen said...

Lieve Thea,

Geweldig deze post..!
Echt prachtig deze foto's en tekst..

Wens je alle goeds en liefs voor 2012!

Liefs van Marijke

Blythe Ghost said...

However do you stay so thin Thea when you eat all that? LOL!

Happy New Year!