Beignets are a classic New Orleans Treat, they are similar to a doughnut but are square and without a hole.
Some beignets are tossed with powered sugar but I love to serve them in a typical Café du Monde fashion with powdered sugar pilled on top!
The only thing missing is a cup of Cafe du Monde chicory coffee!
These New Orleans style Beignets are a must for your Mardi Gras party since no one throws a bigger party and celebration than New Orleans during Mardi Gras that always ends at the Cafe de Monde with beignets!
New Orleans Beignets
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- Extra Canola oil for frying
- Powdered sugar
1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
2. In a smaller bowl, sift flour with baking powder and salt
3. To the yeast mixture, add milk, oil, sugar, egg and 1/2 the flour mixture.
4. Beat until smooth.
5. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky)
6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
7. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; roll into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Cut into 2-in. squares.
8. Heat oil to 375° in a large dutch oven.
9. Deep fry squares, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides.
10. Drain on a rack over paper towels.
11. Dredge or cover with powdered sugar
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Other Great Mardi Gras Foodies:
Creole Black Eye Peas and Rice
Cajun Blacking Spices