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.
Add milk, eggs, salt and remaining granulated sugar.
Meanwhile, microwave water until hot. Stir in shortening until melted.
Add to yeast mixture.
Beat at low speed and add flour.
Until you have a sticky dough.
Turn into a greased bowl. Cover and chill between 4 – 24 hours.
Remove from refrigerator.
Cut into shapes.
Fry until golden (or about 4 minutes each side).
Dust with powdered sugar.
Stuff your face.