Mar 07
French Quarter Beignets3 Comments

Well tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and there would be no better way to celebrate than with a New Orleans inspired treat. First of all if you have never been to the city, please add it to your bucket list now. It is one of the neatest places I have ever been and I loved learning all about it when I visited for the first time last May. My college friend Alysa is studying at Tulane and I headed down for a visit with two other girlfriends. Alysa has truly embraced the city, while we were there she taught us so much about all the different neighborhoods. It was also a fascinating/horrifying experience to see the remnants of Katrina. Side note if you have never read Zeitoun and are interested in a fascinating story about the hurricane, read this book! I just finished it this weekend.

My friend Jennamarie and I at Cafe du Monde

The city is back in full swing now and one of the most well known spots is Cafe du Monde aka heaven on earth. We went here on our last day of our visit to sample their famous beignets and the Cafe au lait. This is a must when visiting the city. So in honor of Mardi Gras, I decided to try and recreate these puffy pillows of deliciouness at home. I figured the best person to go to for a recipe would be the queen of deep frying herself, Paula Deen. I thought the outcome of these were delicious, but didn’t come close to the real thing. Since I am not headed back to NOLA anytime soon these will definitely hold me over for the time being!

The real thing

French Quarter Beignets
(Printable Recipe)

What you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups bread flour
1/4 cup shortening
Nonstick spray
Oil, for deep-frying
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

What you’ll do:

In a large bowl mix together water, yeast, and sugar, set aside and let sit for 10 minutes.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, salt and evaporated milk together. Combine the egg mixture to the yeast mixture and mix together. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Put dough into the bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or a Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Add to the oil, flipping constantly, until they become a golden color. After beignets are fried, place them for a few seconds on paper towels to drain. Coat with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Source: Paula Deen

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3 Responses to French Quarter Beignets

  1. DU-BMES509 says:

    mmmm – these look delicious. Nothing like waking up to this picture to really start a craving going strong for the day!

    xoxo – cmac

  2. Lauren says:

    These look delicious–I love Cafe Du Monde’s beignets!

    AND, you won the CSN giveaway! Email me at bluegrasslove@gmail.com so I can email you the promo code :)

  3. These look delicious! Thanks for introducing me to another fried treat.

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