New Orleans Style Beignets

Years ago we vacationed in New Orleans and it took us all of one bite to become addicted to beignets. Sweet, fluffy fried dough showered with mountains of sugar. I think we ate beignets every day; or almost for a whole week when we were there. Soft pillowy dough fried to perfection. What’s not to love? Equally addictive is the coffee you drink with it; but that’s a story for another time. Today I’m going to walk you through the steps of how to make them and heads up; you need to let that sacred dough rest in the fridge overnight, but don’t let that deter you as the dough is super easy to pull together and then you cover it and let it go night night. In the morning, you just wake up, make some good strong coffee and then get down to serious beignet making. Yeah, it’s pretty much a weekend event. Make sure to invite some friends over [or not] as the dough makes quite a bit. Yep, let the good times roll….


recipe adapted from Southern Living

yield: ~ 3 dozen beignets

1/2 pkg. active dry yeast ( 1  1/4 tsp. or 4 gms)

3/4 Cup warm water

1/4 Cup + 1 tsp. granulated sugar

1/2 Cup evaporated milk

1 Lg. egg, lightly beaten

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. butter flavor shortening

3-3 1/2 Cups bread flour

vegetable oil

sifted confectioners sugar

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