Beignets

Monday, January 26, 2009


Another of my New Orleans favorites!

What you’ll need:

1 cup lukewarm water
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, room temperature & beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup evaporated milk
4 cups flour
3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
Vegetable oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting

Using a mixer with a dough hook, place water, sugar, salt, egg, butter, evaporated milk, flour, and yeast in the bowl. Beat until smooth. If using a bread machine, select dough setting and press Start. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. If mixing by hand, mix ingredients until a dough forms, turn out onto a floured surface and knead around 200 times. Form dough into an oval, place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled (3 to 4 hours) or overnight.

To prepare dough, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board to ½ inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares.

In a deep fryer or large pot, heat just enough vegetable oil to completely cover beignets to 360 degrees. Fry the beignets (2 or 3 at a time) 2 to 3 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown; beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels, then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Serve hot. Makes 18 beignets.

Cost:
sugar - $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs - $1.09/ dozen
butter - $1.75/pound
evaporated milk - $1.50
flour - $2.12/5 pound bag
yeast - $2.12/jar
powdered sugar - $1.69
Total - $3.25

2 of my favorite chefs had this to say....:

Pink Heels said...

I love beignets...love, love, love. I had always assumed that I needed to buy the Cafe Du Monde mix. Thanks for this recipe. I am going to make them this weekend.

Also, I love that you offer several vegetarian meals. While I am not 100% vegetarian, I am not a huge fan of meat.

SCREAMING FOR CHOCOLATE said...

Kathy, you are dangerous for my diet that I keep meaning to start. You look skinny in your picture. I guess I will just keep coming back and drool over your recipes since that has no calories or fat.

I saw that banana pudding on the side bar. My grandmother made the best. She made them totally from scratch and it was excellent. You make my hungry.

Coco

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