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.
Easy Homemade Beignets
(makes 6 or 7 beignets)
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
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.