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Oliebollen: Our Families New Years Tradition



Our family has a tradition where every new years we eat oliebollen. Oliebollen is basically a Dutch donut and literally translated in English means oil balls. The dough is deep fried in oil, and taste like a greasy donut. Sounds strange, but just add some powdered sugar, and believe me they are awesome!

The recipe for making the Dutch treat is handed down from generation to generation, so not everyone knows how to make them. My mom has our family’s secret recipe, and closely guards it from falling into the wrong hands. Many other Dutch families have their own recipes, and every year they make their version of the special treat. While many people only claim to make the best oliebollen, my mom actually does make the very best, and her recipe remains unmatched.


**Making Oliebollen, the Dough Rising**


**The Finished Oliebollen**

Making oliebollen is actually kind of an art. You have to know how to make the dough the right consistency; otherwise you end up with a rock hard ball. My mom’s oliebollen are light and fluffy. Sometimes she adds apples or raisins to change things up. I don’t think I’ve meet anyone who hasn’t like my mom’s oliebollen.

Traditionally oliebollen are only supposed to be eaten on New Year’s Eve, but at our house December is pretty much oliebollen season. By the end of December, we all feel ourselves growing into oliebollen so good thing we only eat them in December and not all year long.

It’s an interesting New Years tradition, but I’m not going to complain. I like eating oliebollen.


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3 Responses

  1. the resistance says:

    best post ever.

    ps: i make the BEST olliebollen.

  2. sara says:

    Darn I so thought there was going to be a recipe following this blog so I could make my own Oliebollen at home. LOL Great post! Is there a reason why this tradition was started? Does eatting it grant you good luck in the new year?

  3. shoutabyss says:

    Those look great. What an interesting tradition! I agree with sara. Your mom needs to share! 🙂

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Welcome to the Crazy Moos blog! Crazy Moos is a play on words, basically trying to create a fun environment (crazy) for dairy news (moos). The overall goal of this blog is to communicate “moosworthy information” (newsworthy information) about the dairy industry and important happening on the dairy farm. Hopefully this blog will help people learn about various aspects of the dairy industry and what happens on the dairy farm. Visit regularly for new blog postings!

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I am a 3rd generation dairyman in California, and our dairy farm really is a reflection of the American dream. My grandfather came to America from Europe after World War II in search of greater opportunities, and a safer place to raise a family. He came to America with hardly anything except his exceptional appreciation for hard work. My grandpa after a few years was able to start his own dairy farm and start producing high quality, nutritious milk. In the 70’s, he moved the operation to a more remote area (our current location), and started growing the herd.

Today, I am actively taking part in the farms daily responsibilities. I’m well qualified to be in the dairy industry, and consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the dairy industry having just graduating college with a degrees in dairy science, and dairy processing.

Many people today believe that the dairy industry has been taken over by large corporate farms, but a recent study done shows that most dairies are family owned. In fact, 99% of dairy farms in California are family owned and operated. My whole family is involved on the dairy. My sisters are caretakers of the baby calves, and we guys take care of the cows. There are eight kids in our family, so the dairy is definitely a family affair!

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