Gluten & lactose-free apple fritters a.k.a. Dutch doughnuts

The Dutch have many weird traditions. Some more tasty than others, but trust me: these deep fried balls of dough called oliebollen and apple filled goodness called apple beignets are a keeper!

Around New Years Eve you can find them everywhere: stalls that sell a huge amount of deep fried Dutch doughnuts and apple fritters! They are called oliebollen, can be found in many shapes and forms and the Dutch love them!

Somewhat similar to the American doughnut, oliebollen are made of flour and yeast and than are deep fried to get a crispy skin. Some prefer them with raisins in them, but I’m a purist when it comes to oliebollen and eat them without adding extra’s.

One thing (almost) every Dutchman agrees to are the toppings: lots and lots of powdered sugar! Have you been struggling with extra lovehandles since christmas? This is not the time to worry about them as oliebollen are as delicious as they are fat and sugary. ;)

Oliebollen (Ditch doughnuts)

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Ingredients

– 500 gr gluten free flour (Schär)
– 750 gr lactose free milk
– Teaspoon of sugar
– About 14-16 gr of yeast
– Pinch of salt

1

Mix the ingredients

Start by gathering your ingredients. You can leave out the sugar if you want and add other ingredients like soaked raisins. Weigh out 500 grams of gluten free flour and add two bags of yeast to it.

Warm up the milk in the microwave or oven and add it bit by bit to the flour mixture while mixing all the time to avoid having lumps.

2

Let the mixture rise

Turn on the oven on 40 degrees (or as low as it goes) and put the bowl with dough inside it for about 25 to 30 minutes. It should rise to about twice the size it was. Also, turn on the frying pan at 180 degrees Celsius. Then, mix the dough up a bit using a spoon.

3

Scoop your mixture into the frying pan

Using two large spoons, make balls out of the dough and slide them into the hot frying pan. There should fit about 4 to 5 doughnuts in a regular sized one.

Tip: Don’t wear your fancy clothes or use your good cutlery as there is a chance that the hot oil tends to splash a bit. Also turn on the extractor hood or your house will smell like doughnuts for forever.

4

Bake each side for a couple of minutes

Using an old fork, separate the doughnuts from each other and use the fork (or Force) to turn them around.

When the doughnuts are dark golden brown, use two old forks to take them out of the frying pan and onto a baking tray covered in paper towels.

Tip: The doughnuts will sink to the bottom at first, but will come up to the surface soon after. If they don’t, get them loose using your fork.

Apple fritters

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Ingredients

– 5 to 6 large apples (goudreinet)
– 500 gr gluten free flour (Schär)
– 750 gr lactose free milk
– About 7-10 gr of yeast
– Pinch of salt
– Sugar
– Cinnamon

1

Make the dough

The ingredients are pretty much the same as for the doughnuts, but with less yeast and added sugar and cinnamon. Prepare the dough as you prepared them for the oliebollen, but instead of letting the dough rise for half an hour, make it a bit shorter, about 15 minutes or even shorter.

Tip: If you want to make oliebollen as well, make them first! The apple juice will turn the oil in the frying pan bad, so you’ll have to refill after making them.

2

Prepare the apples

While the dough is rising in the oven, prepare your apples. Use an apple drill to cut out the inside of the apple (don’t be like me and forget that you don’t have one). Remove the skin of the apples and chop them into slices of about 2 cm thick.

3

Cover the apples in sugar and cinnamon

Make a mixture out of sugar and cinnamon and fill up a plate with it. Dip the apple slices into it until they are all fully covered. Now comes the tricky part: cover the whole piece of apple with dough. 

4

Bake the fritters

Now that we have left the sticky part behind us, slip the apple fritter into the frying pan. Turn around with a  metal fork and bake until dark golden brown. Then remove it from the frying pan and leave it on a paper towel that will absorb some of the extra oil.

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Izabela

Wow, they look amazing. I love the fact that you can make them gluten free.

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Layla
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Oooh – this looks lovely!!! So yummy! :)

Wishing you a wonderful new year! :)

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wendee

this looks tasty. Thanks for sharing
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Mercy
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These really look good. The apple fritters would certainly be a sell out in my kitchen, thanks for sharing. Wishing you a happy New Year dear!

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Heather Rowland
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Woah these look absolutely delicious! I love your step by step guide (all of the photos are brilliant) and I’ll definitely be giving this a go in the near future!

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Xeph Hipolito
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Happy to stumbled upon your blog! Road to healthier 2018.

Jessica
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Dear, this looks amazingly delicious! And it’s really healthy too? Wow, that’s hitting two birds in one stone.

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