You either love them or you hate them, but on New Year’s Eve, there’s no escaping them: the Dutch oliebollen. New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands would be unimaginable without these deep-fried, stodgy doughnuts. They’re sold from colourful stalls that pop up on street corners and town squares towards the end of the year. Some ice cream parlours also turn into oliebollen stalls for the winter months. The stall on Neude is a good example; it’s there year in, year out. But oliebollen aren’t actually as typically Dutch as we think – the countries around us aren’t averse to dropping scoops of dough into a deep-fat fryer either. The typically Dutch part is buying your oliebol from one of these traditional-looking stalls, with or without currants, and eating it on the spot. After which you inevitably have to brush the dusting of white powder (icing sugar!) from your face, scarf and coat. But this is all part of the fun.

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