Recipe: Tasty Beignets

Beignets. The beignets reminded me of the ones from the original Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. I didn't feel the flavor was too bland as some readers suggested, but it does require more powdered sugar then the recipe calls for. I'll probably add a little vanilla to enhance the flavor next time.

Beignets To make ahead, store the dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week. Beignets are closely related to a fritter or funnel cake. They are usually yeasted and raised doughs, but we skipped the yeast to create a super-simple and quick version. You can have Beignets using 8 ingredients and 9 steps. Here is how you achieve that.

Ingredients of Beignets

  1. You need 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  2. It's 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice.
  3. Prepare 1/2 cup of hot milk.
  4. Prepare 4 tsp of dry active yeast.
  5. You need 2 1/2 tbsp of white sugar.
  6. Prepare 4 cups of bread flour.
  7. You need 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
  8. It's 1/2 tsp of salt.

Beignets can also be made with yeast pastry, which might be called boules de Berlin in French, referring to Berliner doughnuts, which lack the typical doughnut hole, filled with fruit or jam. In Corsica, beignets made with chestnut flour (beignets de farine de ch√Ętaigne) are known as fritelli. Beignets were also brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. These were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit.

Beignets instructions

  1. Add the lemon juice to the milk and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the milk mix with the hot milk, then add the yeast and sugar. Whisk it all together and see it aside for about 10min to let the yeast activate..
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Give it a stir, then add milk mixture..
  4. Using a dough hook, or wooden spoon, mix for about 3-4 minutes, or until you have a tacky dough. Then cover the bowl in cling film or a damp tea towel and let sit for 1hr.
  5. Once it's doubled in size, dump it onto a well floured surface.
  6. Roll out and trim into small rectangles to form the Beignets. I used a pizza cutter which worked really well.
  7. Heat a pot of cooking oil to 180c (350 f) and place the beignets into the oil. If you're lucky they'll turn themselves, but if not turn them with a spoon.
  8. Remove and drain on a rack with paper towels.
  9. Dust with lots of icing sugar, and I love mine with my passionfruit curd. I've done a recipe for that too. You've gotta try it.

Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. Now you can have New Orleans-Style Beignets without leaving the comfort of your home! If you've never enjoyed these soft and pillowy fried doughnuts before, you're in for a treat. Because this is the best beignet recipe! We're heading to New Orleans for vacation today!