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Oly Koek and Doughty Doughnut recipes | Sleepy Hollow

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Last Updated on May 18, 2022

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The olykoek (also spelt olicook and olykoecks) is the grandpa of the doughnut, will numerous variations made available in cookbooks. In simple terms, it is a ball of dough deep fried in hot oil. Some recipes in The Sensible Cook suggest that citrus, apples and/or almonds be mixed directly into the dough. However, in The Sensible Cook, a recipe found from Albany, New York provided an additional recipe for olykoek that folds raisins and dried citrus soaked in brandy, into the middle of the dough. I found this allowed for a more consistent cook through

Eventually someone came up with the solution of placing a hole in the dough, and creating a doughnut.

The ‘doughty dough nut’ is also mentioned in Sleepy Hollow. To simplify the baking process, we used the same dough, created a ball without the filling and punched a hole through the centre with our finger before frying.

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Oly Koek and Doughty Doughnut recipes


  • Author: Bryton Taylor; Food in Literature
  • Total Time: 3 mins
  • Yield: 18 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit (raisins and citrus)
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1.5 packages of dry yeast
  • 1/8 cup warm water
  • pinch of sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 5 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1.5 L vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the mixed dried fruit the night before by soaking it in the brandy.
  2. The day of, in a bowl of the warm water, sprinkle the yeast, stir and cover in a warm spot. meanwhile warm together the milk and butter, then mix in with the eggs, sugar and nutmeg.
  3. Stir in the yeast, then begin mixing in the flour, a cup at a time until you reach the consistency of a soft dough.
  4. Cover and set aside in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  5. Meanwhile, drain the fruits from the brandy. Tear off an egg-sized piece of the dough, create a well in the middle, fill with the fruits and close the dough back up.
  6. Create all the balls first before frying. Deep fry one or two at a time until golden before removing.

Notes

Use a sugar thermometer. The oil temperature should 170-175C, but no hotter than 180C, as the dough on the outside with cook too fast, leaving the inside uncooked.
Don’t use plastic when removing the dough from the oil. Use a wooden or metal ladle with slots or holes.
The doughnuts and olykoeks can be served hot or cold and should be dusted with icing sugar for flavour.

  • Cook Time: 3 mins

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