Monday, June 6, 2011

Easy Homemade Beignets

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Beignets (pronounced 'bin-yays') and the South.  The two go hand in hand.  Especially down here in Louisiana.  The fam and I took a trip last year to New Orleans (visit here to read about our experience) and we stopped over at the popular Cafe' Du Monde for some beignets.  Words cannot express how wonderfully scrumptious those cute little treats were.  I knew when we came home that I wanted to figure out how to make them for my family.  You can purchase the mix to make the batter from any grocer here in Louisiana or go online at Cafe' Du Monde.com.  They are everywhere over here.  However, I wanted to try and make them homemade, without the help of a box :)

The traditional beignet is square/rectangle shaped.......


....however, I used the drop method in making these, which made them oval-like.  This was my first time making them and I have yet to figure out how to shape them into squares/rectangles.  I'm sure I will conquer that with time :)  I have read that beignets can also be made with fruit filling inside.  Yummmm!  They remind me of little doughnuts topped with powdered sugar.  One great thing about this recipe is that it only makes 6 or 7 beignets.  If you have a family of 4, everyone can have at least one and you can split the others in half and not be left with a huge amount of calories to eat afterwards. 

This recipe also is very, very, very easy to make.  Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, fry it up, and top with powdered sugar.  Yes.  It's THAT easy!  Make these for breakfast in the morning and serve with coffee, make them for an afternoon tea with friends, or make them for a mid afternoon snack. 

Happy Baking!

Easy Homemade Beignets

(makes 6 or 7 beignets)


Ingredients:
1-3 cups of vegetable oil, for frying
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 egg, well beaten
2/3 cups milk
1/3 cup or more of powdered sugar

Directions:
1.  Heat oil in frying pan on medium-low heat.
2.  Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl. 
3.  Add egg and milk. 
4.  Stir and mix until batter becomes thick.  If it is thin, add more flour until it starts to thicken.
5.  Drop by spoonfuls into the oil...only frying 2 at a time.  Spread the dough out a little in each one so they will cook all the way through.
6.  Fry on each side until golden brown.
7.  Sprinkle powdered sugar onto each beignet after frying.



21 thoughtful comments around the table:

  1. I've always wanted to have beignets...for some reason I missed the opportunity the one time I was in New Orleans. Gotta make these!

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  2. Was in New Orleans last August and went to Cafe DuMonde for breakfast. The Beignets were to die for.

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  3. Yes..they are to die for ;) We loved them when we went to visit too :)

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  4. I used this recipe to make beignets for the first time this week and it worked out great. Thanks for an easy and delicious post! A sprinkle of cinnamon added to the powder sugar was also good.

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    1. You are very welcome :) Ohhhh...love the addition of the cinnamon and sugar! Gonna have to try that next time ;)

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  5. Sounds like my kind of recipe - quick, easy and sooo delicious!

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    1. Yes Marsha...it is very quick and easy ;)

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  6. hey everyoe
    i live in new orleans louisiana heres a great idea for quick beignets buy ready made biscuit dough any kind works cut each biscuit in half heat oil and fry till golden top with lots of powdered sugar

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    1. Thank you so much for this tip! I actually have heard of doing this also. Those ready made biscuit doughs are wonderful aren't they? ;)

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    2. My mother made doughnuts for us out of canned biscuits back in the 50's and 60's -- and I made them for my children and grandchildren. I would also cut each biscuits into 4 pieces to make doughnut holes.

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  7. Libby, the way to make them rectangular is to pat out your dough into a large rectangle and then cut them into 3 x 3 rectangles. Hope this helps!

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    1. Thank you for the tip :) I will have to try that next time ;)

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  8. I frequent Cafe' du Monde as often as I can and this I must say is the perfect recipe for a cold southern Louisiana morning ! :) I did cut them into rectangles as suggested and they are delicious little pillows of yumminess! Thank you!

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    1. You are welcome Jess :) Glad you enjoyed them :)

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  9. Also you can drizzle some honey on them instead of confect. sugar so they taste like sopapillas which is basically the Mexican cousin of beignets .....soooo good too. : )

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    1. Thank you for the tip Brad! With honey, they really do taste like sopapillas :)

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  10. What kind of flour do u use

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  11. I put cinnamon in my dough mixture & it was so yummy!

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    1. We are seriously going to have to try that next time ;)

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