Classic Beignets

So the other day, I thought to myself, self, what would you like to eat right now?  And of course, the answer I came up with was beignets.  Jazz fest just happened and KB and I have both been to Mardi Gras, so suffice it to say I really enjoy New Orleans.  And there’s nothing like a piping hot beignet covered in powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde.  But seeing as how I wasn’t going to get on a plane and go to New Orleans just to have a beignet, I decided to scour the internet for a recipe and try my hand at making them myself.

Here’s the recipe I followed: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/new-orleans-beignets

And they turned out delicious!  I will add one word of caution, the first few I made, I didn’t fry long enough, so they were slightly doughy in the middle, but once I got the hang of cooking them in the deep fryer, they were amazing!

Start by mixing yeast, water and granulated sugar in bowl of stand mixer.  Let stand 5 minutes.

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Add milk, eggs, salt and remaining granulated sugar.

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Meanwhile, microwave water until hot.  Stir in shortening until melted.

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Add to yeast mixture.

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Beat at low speed and add flour.

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Until you have a sticky dough.

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Turn into a greased bowl.  Cover and chill between 4 – 24 hours.

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Remove from refrigerator.

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Roll out.

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Cut into shapes.

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Fry until golden (or about 4 minutes each side).

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Dust with powdered sugar.

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Stuff your face.

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Enjoy!

Caroline