Ever since our trip to New Orleans, I’ve been dreaming about the deep fried, fluffy, piled-high-with-sugar beignets recipe at the legendary Café Du Monde. The historical French Market has been serving up the delicious French-style beignets and coffee since 1862. Traditional New Orleans Beignets are the only food they serve, so they definitely do it right. And the place is almost always packed. Since we live about 1,900 miles from New Orleans, I figured I’d try a few recipes out so I can make them from scratch at home! They’re really not that difficult to make, but we’ll keep them as special treats for holidays or birthday requests. And the pile of powdered sugar makes them pretty charming and delicious!! If you’re looking for a super easy way to make these beignets, check out our store-bought dough version in the video below!
Tradition New Orleans Style Beignets Recipe
(recipe adapted from All Recipes via Paula Deen)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk
6 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 cup shortening
1 quart vegetable oil for frying (or try Café Du Monde’s recommended cottonseed oil if you can find it!)
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a standalone mixer, combine the eggs, evaporated milk and salt and beat until combined.
With the mixer on low, add in the yeast mixture to the egg mixture.
Then add in cups of bread flour and mix on low.
Add the shortening in and continue to mix before adding the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour. DON’T over mix!
Knead the dough until smooth (it shouldn’t be stiff). Then place back in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Set the bowl in a warm area and let it rise for 2 hours.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thick. Then slice into 2″ squares with a pizza cutter.
Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. Or you can be like me and just wait until it’s pretty hot ; )
Then place a few dough squares in the hot oil and watch the magic happen! Turn them so they don’t burn on one side.
When you remove them, dust with a light layer of powdered sugar, until all of them are done, then pile powdered sugar on top! And don’t be shy!!
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