Yummy Treat: New Orleans Beignets

 

 

 

homemade new orleans beignets

Growing up in New Orleans has provided me with so many memories, wonderful traditions and GREAT food to share with my kids.  Oh how I miss home!  Now that you have me reminiscing, one of my favorite first day of school traditions  and memories were the afternoon rides home on the St. Charles street car heading to Cafe du Monde, located in Jackson Square.  For those of you not familiar, Cafe Du Monde is famous for their chicory coffee and beignets, a square french raised donut served warm and piled high with powdered sugar.  Coffee of course not and option for us kids but the adults made sure they indulged.  We had milk instead and for the record, milk goes great with these yummy powered treats.

My kids started school earlier this week and I wanted to keep with up tradition so I surprised them with a nice warm treat once they returned home. The great thing about beignets are that they are a perfect anytime snack.   They are great for breakfast or just about anytime of the day or night.  You should definitely give these a try. They are easy to make, and will practically melt in your mouth.  Serve with milk or a steaming cup of coffee au lait  and you will have yourself a delicious mouthwatering delight.

New Orleans Beignets

Ingredients

3/4 cup water, very warm
1/4 cup  sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or shortening
1 envelope dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup evaporated milk
oil for deep frying (vegetable or peanut oil)
powdered sugar

Method:

In large bowl or mixer with dough hook, add sugar, yeast and warm water. Stir briefly to mix, and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add two cups of flour, salt, evaporated milk, salt, and beaten egg and mix well. Mix in shortening or butter.  Add balance of flour and mix until sticky dough forms into a ball. Add additional flour, if needed, in 1/4 cups increments.

 

Transfer dough to floured board and knead briefly and form into ball.  Transfer to greased bowl, and turn over. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour. (Another option is to cover and refrigerate overnight). Roll out dough to about 1 inch in thickness, and slice douhg into two inch squares, or triangular shapes.

Tip:  Let the dough hook knead the dough for about 5 minutes which greatly decreases the time hand-kneading is require.

rolled out beignet dough

Heat oil in a skillet to 375 degrees. Fry squares, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides.  Monitor frying closely as they will cook really quick with the correct temperature. With a slotted spoon, remove to paper  towels to drain.

fried beignets

Place on plate and sprinkle LIBERALLY with powdered sugar.  Serve Hot.

new orleans beignets

YUM!

Comments

  1. I hope my BF and I can visit again and we’ll definitely go to this place. I’ve lived here a few years now and still have not eaten these. I really must get some!

    Very nice website you have here.

  2. what fun, these sound so good!

  3. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says:

    Those look amazing and just like the real thing! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  4. I had these at a place one morning when I was in New Orleans and they were incredible!

  5. Anitra says:

    I’ve never had a beignet. I’ve always wanted to try one, the look yummy. I just stumbled this for you. Found you on the Stop and Stumble blog hop. I’d love to have you stumble this post for me:

  6. I grew up outside New Orleans and do miss having these on occasion. The boys really want to make some and we just might have to give your recipe a test hop.

  7. Christina says:

    The look delicious! I’m a huge fan of New Orleans. Can’t wait to give these a try!

    New follower from Stop & Stumble Saturday.
    Christina

  8. These look super YUMMY!

  9. I have always wanted to try Beignets! You make it look easy!

  10. Those look delicious!

  11. Nichol says:

    i have never had these but they sound delish. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Kelly says:

    These look mouthwatering and delicious!

  13. Those look delish!

  14. want. these. now.

  15. I should try these. I went there in April and tried them and WOW they are good! If I could make them at home, I’d be sooooo happy!

  16. These look so yummy!

  17. I’m bookmarking this, I totally saw this on TV the other day and wanted to try it!

    • Dee says:

      You should give it a try. They came out really good!

  18. Yum! Love beignets! I cheat and buy Cafe du Monde and make them from the box :)

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