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New Orleans Beignets

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch

Makes

4 dozen

These sweet, square and holeless French doughnuts are known as beignets. New Orleans’ traditional breakfast always includes a few of these powdered sugar delicacies. —Beth Dawson, Jackson, Louisiana

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, oil, sugar, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Punch down dough. Turn onto a floured surface; roll into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Cut into 2-in. squares.
  3. In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat 1 inch oil to 375°. Fry squares, in batches, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm beignets in confectioners' sugar.

New Orleans Beignets Tips

What can you serve with beignets?

Serve your beignets with a cup of coffee or a cafe au lait! If you're looking for a sweeter dip for the beignets than coffee, try dunking them in dulce de leche or chocolate sauce.

How do you store beignets?

While beignets certainly taste better when served fresh, they should last for up to 2 days when stored in an airtight container.

How can you tell if the oil is hot enough for frying?

The oil is hot enough for frying once it reaches 375°F. Make sure to use a thermometer check before frying your beignets.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Self-rising flour- More than 1 cup
As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts

1 beignet: 108 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.