New Orleans-Style Beignets

Jane Netto

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@JaneNettoGrannyGoodCooker

"Coffee and doughnuts" to a New Orleanian means beignets and cafe au lait (strong coffee with scalded milk). A stroll through Jackson Square to Cafe du Monde is a rite of passage for New Orleans children, who learn to hold their breath while eating beignets piled high with feathery powdered sugar.

This is a New Orleans family's recipe that I acquired. My family love this recipe. Nothing is better on cold Saturday morning than beignets.


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Serves:

8-10

Prep:

24 Hr

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Deep Fry

Ingredients

1 c
lukewarm water
1/2 c
evaporated milk
1/3 c
sugar
1/2 tsp
salt
1 medium
egg at room temperature
1 Tbsp
softened butter
4 c
all-purpose flour
1 pkg
active dry yeast
vegetable oil for frying
confectioners' sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

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1. In the bowl of a mixer with a dough hook, combine water, milk, sugar, salt, egg, and butter. Begin mixing, slowly adding the flour and then the yeast. When the dough is smooth and glossy, place in a glass bowl coated with oil. Turn the dough several times to coat with oil, then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough overnight.
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2. In the morning, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/2-inch. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 3-inch squares. Pour 3 inches of oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. When oil is hot, drop two or three beignets into the pan. The dough should float to the top of the oil quickly. Turn the dough once or twice until puffed and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.
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3. Drain on paper towels, then sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve with cafe au lait.

You must, must, must eat beignets hot because cold beignets are a leaden affair.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: French
Other Tag: For Kids