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Traditional New Orleans Beignets Recipe

You will love this traditional recipe for beignets!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 beignets
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Eden


  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 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 3 cups of the 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!!


Serving: 0g | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 0.8mg