I am not a big fan of the holiday season. Not that I don’t like holidays, or my in-laws, but the concentration of both in just a few weeks in December is somewhat overdosed. Fortunately, there are light points in these dark times as well – like Richard Visser’s oliebollen.
Oliebollen (literally “oil balls”) are doughnuts, Dutch style. I am more of an apple-snacker than a doughnut eater but Richard’s oliebollen are in a class of their own. Richard is a pastry chef, a doughnut maker, and a man with a mission – to make the best olieballen possible. And he succeeds in it.
Richard Visser won the National Doughnut test (the Dutch take their oliebollen seriously) 9 times! This year the doughnut stall is on the usual spot, at the crossroads of the Heemraadsingel and the Vierambachtsstraat. It’s only there until the end of January, so be quick!