Dutch sweet bread (nonnevotten)


This Dutch sweet bread is also called 'Nonnevotten'. It's a speciality from the south of the Netherlands, during 'Carnaval'. Recipe for 6 people.

1 hours 20 minutes 6 people Snacks
Dutch sweet bread (nonnevotten)


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  • 500 gram all-purpose flour
  • 2 dl lukewarm milk
  • 100 gram butter on room temperature
  • 14 gram instant yeast (2 packages)
  • 25 gram sugar
  • 10 gram salt
  • 1 egg
  • frying oil
  • sugar for coating
Dutch sweet bread (nonnevotten) ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Stand mixer or knead by hand
  • 1 dough cutter
  • 1 frying pan
  • Kitchen towel


1 hours 20 minutes 6 people Snacks

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Making the dough -- 1 hour 10 minutes

DISSOLVE the yeast in a little lukewarm milk and wait for about 5 minutes. MIX flour, rest of the milk, sugar, egg and yeast mixture and knead to a smooth dough.

CUT the butter into smaller pieces. Then add butter and salt and knead again until a nice dough has formed. Put the dough under a cloth and let it rise for about 40 minutes. 

Dutch sweet bread (nonnevotten)
Dutch sweet bread (nonnevotten)

Beat the dough a little flat, until it becomes kind of a pancake. Fold the pancake dough once and let it rise for another 15 minutes (again, under a kitchen towel).

Cut strips from the dough, about 30 centimetres and roll it around and make a knot or bow. Let the unbaked Nonnevotten rise for another 10 minutes.

Frying the Nonnevotten -- 10 minutes

Deep fry the Nonnevotten in (frying) oil of 180 degrees Celsius. Sprinkle the fried Nonnevotten generously with sugar, do this immediately or else the sugar won't stick anymore.

These can be enjoyed with lot's of beer, as this is a Carnaval tradition!

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