I have wanted to try a beignet for a long time. A beignet is a type of yeasty doughnut they eat in Louisiana. Food made with flour and yeast holds a special place in my heart (and stomach). With my new deep fryer, I was roaring to go. I had my recipe from Southern Living. I also had a pint of fresh raspberries on hand that I decided might be a fine addition. The beignets were good, but not quite what I expected. They were great fresh from the fryer with a steaming cup of coffee, but they weren’t very sweet. This doesn’t mean they won’t be sweet enough for you. I am aware that my need for sweetness is a little over the top…..Traditionally, beignets are dusted with powdered sugar. I did this to the first few, but they weren’t quite sweet enough for me, so I covered the rest with a glaze made of lemon juice and powdered sugar. Aren’t they pretty?
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup/ 1 cup water
- 1 t./ 1/2 cup suger
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 large eggs (slightly beaten)
- 1 t. salt
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 7 cups flour
- powdered sugar
- Combine yeat, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 t. sugar in bowl of kitchen aid mixer; let stand 5 minutes.
- Add milk, eggs, salt and 1/2 cup of sugar to the mix.
- Microwave 1 cup water until hot, stir in shortening until melted. Add to yeast mixture.
- Add 4 cups of flour to yeast mixture and beat at low speed until smooth. Gradually add 3 more cups of flour, beating until a sticky dough forms.
- Transfer dough to a greased bowl and grease the top and cover. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
- Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.
- Fry dough in 2 to 3 inches of oil at 360 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Drain on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar (or a glaze of lemon juice and powdered sugar)
- This make a lot of beignets. You can keep them warm in a 200 degree oven for up 30 minutes.
- Grab that cup of coffee and enjoy!
how many beignets does this make?
architect mom says
I’ll look this up for you soon! I’m out the door to pick up kids right now…..
architect mom says
6 dozen! I hope you can eat them all!