Nonnevotten (Dutch Sweet Pastries)


These small, sweet yeasted pastries from the Netherlands are known as Nonnevotten. They're a delicious doughnut-like treat from Limburg, in the south of the Netherlands, usually handed out during carnival parades. Recipe for 6 people.

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Nonnevotten (Dutch sweet pastries)
Veronique van Ohmydish

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Published at 2015-02-14, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 1 hours 20 minutes.

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Updated at: 27-09-2023

1 hours 20 minutes 6 people Snacks
Nonnevotten (Dutch sweet pastries)


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  • 500 grams of flour
  • 200 ml lukewarm whole milk
  • 100s grams of butter at room temperature
  • 14 grams of instant yeast (2 sachets)
  • 25 grams of sugar
  • 10 grams of salt
  • 1 egg
  • Sunflower oil, for frying
  • Extra sugar
Nonnevotten (Dutch sweet pastries) ingredients
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  • Stand mixer with dough hook, or knead by hand
  • Dough scraper / cutter
  • Deep, thick-based saucepan or deep fryer
  • Tea towel

Nonnevotten (Dutch Sweet Pastries)

1 hours 20 minutes 6 people Snacks

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Preparation 1 hour 10 minutes

Dissolve the instant yeast in a little lukewarm whole milk along with a little bit of the sugar, then wait 5 minutes.

Mix the flour, the rest of the milk, the sugar, egg and the yeast mixture together to form a smooth dough. Cut the butter into small pieces. Add the butter and a pinch of salt to the dough and knead it again.

Place the dough under a clean tea towel and let it rise for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and flatten it into a pancake shape. Fold the dough in half and let it rise under the tea towel for 15 minutes.

Cut 30 centimetre strips from the dough and roll/tie them to make bow or knot shapes. Let the unbaked nonnevotten rise for 10 minutes.

Nonnevotten (Dutch sweet pastries)
Nonnevotten (Dutch sweet pastries)

Frying the Nonnevotten 10 minutes

Heat the sunflower oil in a deep fryer, or a heavy-based saucepan, to a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius.

Deep fry the nonnevotten until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle the nonnevotten generously with sugar immediately after frying. Do this straight away otherwise the sugar will not stick properly to the pastries.

These nonnevotten are a typical Limburg delicacy which are often eaten during carnival parades. Enjoy!

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Nonnevotten (Dutch Sweet Pastries): frequently asked questions

Where do nonnevotten come from?

These pastries are one of the oldest pastries in the Netherlands. As early as 1676 they were gifted to French commanders in Sittard. Nowadays they are mainly eaten during the carnival in Limburg.

What is a nonnevot?

A nonnevot is Limburgish for a nun's behind (literally a nun's buttocks). It is a typical Limburg pastry in the shape of a knot and is not dissimilar to a sugared doughnut. A nonnevot is also known as a bow (or shtrik in dialect), or by the collective name for a similar pastry poefel.

When are nonnevotten for sale?

Nonnevotten (in Limburg) are for sale at bakeries from about a month before the carnival until Ash Wednesday.