… from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? I love New Orleans! I love the food, the drinks and especially the people. I love doughnuts and I love Beignets! So, this is the perfect recipe for people just like me.
What are beignets? BEIGNETS are those delicious rectangular doughnuts served fresh and hot around the clock at the French Market coffeehouses in New Orleans. They are easy to prepare and make delightful breakfast breads, a delicious snack at any hour of the day (especially after a night of drinking Hurricanes) or a wonderful dessert.
The yeast dough must be prepared in advance and, for best results, refrigerated overnight. The dough keeps beautifully under refrigeration for almost a week. Cut off some dough when you want to make Beignets; roll it out, cut it up, and fry for about 3 minutes per batch, then fill with pastry cream (or not) and sprinkle the beignets with lots of confectioners' sugar and serve piping hot.
Put a little yummy in your tummy! Try my traditional recipe for beignets that taste just like the ones served at the famous New Orleans hot spot, Cafe du Monde. Pour a coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy these tender pillow-like doughnuts for any special occasion or weekend breakfast.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Chill Time: 1 hour or overnight
Fry Time: 3 to 5 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup boiling water
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs, beaten
7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
ChefSecret: We tested a lot of beignet recipes for quite a while. We wondered why our beignets lacked that special Café du Monde flavor. Then one day we saw them using canned evaporated milk instead of fresh dairy, and it made good sense. Back in the day they didn’t have that much fresh milk in the hot climate of New Orleans. Many older New Orleanians consider canned evaporated milk a delicacy and, in fact, they refer to it fondly as "pet cream." PET refers to the manufacturer.
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