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Smoutebollen are Belgian doughnuts made with Belgian beer. Learn more about them at KidCulture.
½ teaspoon dry yeast
¾ cup warm milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon finely-grated lemon zest
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup diced, peeled apple
1/3 cup Belgian beer
Canola oil, for deep-frying
Sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk. Set aside until the yeast dissolves, 5-10 minutes.
Combine the flour, sugar, lemon zest, raisins and apple in a large bowl. Stir in the beer, then the milk. Once the dough is well-mixed, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
Heat at least 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a large skillet or sauté pan. Carefully drop the dough, by rounded teaspoonfuls into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. (You may need to flip the doughnuts to make sure they cook evenly.)
Use a slotted spoon to remove the doughnuts from the oil and set them on a sheet tray lined with paper towels to drain. Once they’re cool enough to handle, sprinkle the doughnuts with powdered sugar and serve. Makes about 15 doughnuts.