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beignets

I have wanted to try a beignet for a long time. A beignet is a type of yeasty doughnut they eat in Louisiana. Food made with flour and yeast holds a special place in my heart (and stomach). With my new deep fryer, I was roaring to go. I had my recipe from Southern Living. I also had a pint of fresh raspberries on hand that I decided might be a fine addition.  The beignets were good, but not quite what I expected.  They were great fresh from the fryer with a steaming cup of coffee, but they weren’t very sweet.  This doesn’t mean they won’t be sweet enough for you.  I am aware that my need for sweetness is a little over the top…..Traditionally, beignets are dusted with powdered sugar.  I did this to the first few, but they weren’t quite sweet enough for me, so I covered the rest with a glaze made of lemon juice and powdered sugar.  Aren’t they pretty?

Beignets

Ingredients:

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup/ 1 cup water
  • 1 t./ 1/2 cup suger
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 7 cups flour
  • powdered sugar

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine yeat, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 t. sugar in bowl of kitchen aid mixer; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add milk, eggs, salt and 1/2 cup of sugar to the mix.
  3. Microwave 1 cup water until hot, stir in shortening until melted. Add to yeast mixture.
  4. Add 4 cups of flour to yeast mixture and beat at low speed until smooth. Gradually add 3 more cups of flour, beating until a sticky dough forms.
  5. Transfer dough to a greased bowl and grease the top and cover. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
  6. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.
  7. Fry dough in 2 to 3 inches of oil at 360 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  8. Drain on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar (or a glaze of lemon juice and powdered sugar)
  9. This make a lot of beignets. You can keep them warm in a 200 degree oven for up 30 minutes.
  10. Grab that cup of coffee and enjoy!

 

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{ 3 comments… add one }

  • architect mom March 28, 2013, 2:33 pm

    6 dozen! I hope you can eat them all!

  • architect mom March 28, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I’ll look this up for you soon! I’m out the door to pick up kids right now…..

  • Hailey March 27, 2013, 11:29 am

    how many beignets does this make?

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