Start the year off with these! If this is any indication of how 2008 is going to be, I know I will be eating well. These are amazing! They are crispy, tangy, sweet morsels of pure happiness. Those who taste your delighful New Year treats will be sure to be in your good graces the whole year. Of course they could be made at anytime of the year but it is a Dutch tradition to have oliebollen at New years. I, however, have livened up the recipe to come up with this: Cranberry-Orange Oliebollen.
Do you want to know how I did it? (of course you do)In a bowl combine 3 cups of flour,1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 4 tsp baking powder, 1 cup of sugar and zest from one orange.
Peel and grate one large apple.
Then add 1 1/2 cups, of chopped cranberries.
Mix together in another bowl one beaten egg, juice from the orange plus 2/3 cup of orange juice. (Oh ya, have extra orange juice handy to add if it looks too dry – the batter should be moist and thick like muffin batter.)
Then drop the batter into hot oil using a deep fryer, like this. While you wait, make your pot of coffee and notify your friends they will be leaving this stratosphere.
When they are golden brown, pull up the basket, let excess oil drip off, and dump into a large bowl with lots of icing sugar at the bottom. Roll them around and let them get coated really well. hmm, my knees are beginning to shake.
Sit at the table with your coffee and a basket of your treats, I assure you one will not be enough. I promise. Is this not happiness? I asked My daughter what she thought they should be named, she said,” Candy”… This is the way to keep friends!