Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Years Fritters...it's that time!

I just thought I should remind you that the clock is ticking...only a few more days until the year is over. And at my house, we can't celebrate New Year's without having portzelky...a little deep-fried tidbit that is ever so yummy! It's a traditional Mennonite food...but our Dutch neighbours make them also (and they are every bit as good!) I'll even post the recipe for you, if you want to give them a try. Since I will be cooking a turkey dinner on New Year's Day this year, and couldn't quite figure out when the portzelky would fit into the time schedule, I've taken the easy route and have my order placed with Mrs. Kooeyman. She is one amazing lady who cooks up thousands of olliebollen (Dutch equivalent of portzelky) every December. My hubby figured out years ago, that he could have the delightful fritters more than once a year, if he stopped by her place on her cooking days.

Portzelky

2 Tbsp. yeast
¼ cup sugar
2 cups lukewarm milk
¼ cup melted butter
4 eggs, well beaten
2 cups raisins / 2 cups chopped apples
1 tsp salt
51/2 cups flour (approximately)

oil for deep frying
icing sugar for rolling

Prepare yeast as instructed on package. Scald milk and cool slightly. Add yeast and sugar to milk; slowly mix in eggs, butter, salt and flour and mix thoroughly. Add fruit (golden raisins and chopped apples). Allow to rise in a warm place until mixture is about twice it’s size (about an hour). Drop by small amounts (heaping teaspoonfuls) into hot oil. Turn when browned on one side. Remove with slotted spoon or tongs and sprinkle with icing sugar.



It’s a bit of a trick to have the oil at the right temperature…I find medium heat seems to work best and it takes me close to an hour to cook this recipe. (You want to make sure they are cooked through to the centre, not just browned on outside.) My mom in law always made them with a mixture of raisins and dried apricots (very yummy)…or you can use just raisins if you prefer. We like the apple/raisin combination.

So that's my recipe if you want to give it a try. As for me, I'll put it away until next year and we will have olliebollen to ring in 2008.

Enjoy the day...I know I will! I have three precious children coming shortly for the last sleepover of 2007!

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Those look so good, but I'm thinking a little bit of an effort for li'l ol' me! *lol* I'm NOT a cook and I'm sure they would either be burned or not cooked through! I'll just have to live vicariously through you enjoying the ones you made! *lol* Thanks!

    Jan

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  2. Portzelky...yummy! I am all set to make them on Monday. I need to be early as I have 2 portzelky deliveries to make by 10 am, coffee break time!
    Happy New year Judy!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe, Judy...I think I'll make them for our New Year's Eve get together...already have a traditional meal for New Year's Day...so I need one for Eve, lol...
    Sandi

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  4. I posted my recipe last year and was interested to see if you would post one this year. And you did. Sometimes I think you and I should be related intead of our husbands. YOu can check mine out in my mennonite recipe label. It is very similar. I would love to try the apple in with them.

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  5. I think I'm way behind the scene.
    I'm not even sure if anything is working. It's either my computer or my clock but somethings's not working.
    This is a test run!

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  6. You are one fantastic grandmother! What child wouldn't be thrilled by the world that you create for yours? Incredible!

    Now, I'm going to pass on those treats because they look too good. One of my New Year's resolutions is to start behaving myself for the umpteenth time.

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