We made this beignet recipe for the first time a few months back and fell hopelessly in love! They’re the most amazing thing we’d ever tasted, slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s like eating a little piece of heaven dusted with powder sugar. The family stood gathered around the stove drooling as each piece came out of the pan trying to snag a hot beignet.
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What Is A Beignet?
The short answer to that question is heaven. Hands down they are one of the best things I have ever tasted. The longer answer is: A beignet is a fried piece of choux pastry topped with powdered sugar. It can be made out of several types of dough including yeast dough like this recipe below.
Beignets are a delicious New Orleans breakfast item, that is traditionally eaten hot and fresh. It can also be served as a desert. Beignets were brought to New Orleans by French colonists in the 18th century and became a part of the home-style Creole cooking.
What You Need To Make This Homemade Beignet Recipe
Beignets are a really easy dish to make that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! To make this Beignet recipe you’ll need:
- Large mixing bowl& wooden spoon or Kitchen Aid mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rolling pin
- Square cookie cutter, knife or pizza cutter
- Medium size pot
- Paper towels or paper bag
- Plastic Wrap
Homemade Beignet Recipe
2 1/4 Teaspoons yeast
1/2 Cup raw sugar
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
3 – 3 1/2 Cups flour
2 Free-range egg yolks
1 Cup warm whole milk
4 Tablespoons butter softened
Avocado oil for frying (I use a whole bottle when I make it- save what’s leftover for later use)
Activate the yeast by placing yeast and warm water into a large bowl or the bowl to a mixer for several minutes. Until it puffs and becomes bubbly.
Wisk together egg yolk and milk in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the yeast. Mix gently until combined.
Add the sugar and salt and then the flour 1 cup at a time, mixing until combined.
Add the butter and mix it into the batter.
Remove the dough from the bowl and kneed on the counter (adding a bit of flour at a time) until the dough forms a ball.
Place in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap in a warm place for 2 hours.
Fill a pan with oil for frying, and heat to 360F.
While the oil is heating roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1-inch squares.
When the oil is hot add a few beignets at a time to the oil, cook for about a minute on either side or until they reach golden. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-covered platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the beignets are finished.
Beignets are traditionally served with chicory coffee.
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