Beignet Recipe from Café du Monde

Susan Feliciano Recipe

By Susan Feliciano frenchtutor

18 beignets
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Deep Fry

* I can't remember where I first ran across this recipe, but it purports to be the one used at Café du Monde in New Orleans. It may be a copy-cat. I know that Café du Monde sells their Beignets as a mix now.
* These are very good, and worth the time spent working with the yeast. Some restaurants just use a sweetened biscuit dough with baking powder for the leavening, but traditional Beignets were made up with yeast the night before and cooked fresh in the morning.
* These are normally served with powdered sugar and coffee. But another way we like them is for dessert, with sweetened berries on top, and a big dollop of whipped cream.


1 c
lukewarm water
1/4 c
granulated sugar
1/2 tsp
1 large
egg, room temperature and beaten
2 Tbsp
butter, softened
1/2 c
evaporated milk
4 c
bread flour or all purpose flour
3 tsp
instant active dry yeast
vegetable oil for cooking: use enough oil to completely cover beignets when frying
powdered sugar for dusting

Directions Step-By-Step

If using a mixer with a dough hook, place water, sugar, salt, egg, butter, evaporated milk, flour, and yeast in the bowl. Beat until smooth.
If using a bread machine, add liquid ingredients, then dry ingredients with yeast last (on top of everything else). Select dough setting and press Start, allow to run only until dough cycle has finished (do not bake).
Turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and form into an oval. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled (3 to 4 hours) or overnight.
To prepare dough, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares, triangles, or circles.
In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil to 365° F. Fry the beignets (2 or 3 at a time) for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown; beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff.
NOTE: If the beignets don't rise to the top immediately when dropped into the oil, the oil is not hot enough.
Remove from oil and drain on paper towels, then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Serve hot.
The dough can be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator - it actually improves with age; just punch down when it rises. (Dough can also be frozen; shape beignets before freezing.)

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: French
Other Tag: Heirloom

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Sandra Mccloud Ezmarelda1
Feb 10, 2015
I have been to cafe du monde and loved eating their beignets, but I'm a sugar freak and love anything smothered in powdered sugar. I will most defiantly have to make these and try not to eat them all by my self.
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Oct 25, 2014
Thanks, Jeffrey. Good to know some variations will work. So glad you enjoyed them.
Jeffrey Spencer Jeffrey_Spencer
Oct 20, 2014
Have made this recipe twice. The first time I let the dough chill over night, the next was for 5 hours. Both times the beignets came out light, and airy.
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Mar 29, 2014
Thanks, Colleen. We do too, but we don't make them too often. Gotta watch the waistline and stay healthy!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Mar 28, 2014
Love this recipe! ox