Beignets

READY IN: 23mins
Recipe by CookbookCarrie

I havent tried this recipe, but it looks simple and very yummy. Posted in response to a recipe request!

Top Review by lsustacy

I absolutely LOVE this dough recipe. I have done both a refridgerator rise and a normal rise with a cloth on top of the dough (until doubled in size). This makes great beignets too!! I can't fry them fast enough for my crew. I do add vanilla into the dough when I add milk.

I also love to use this dough to make king cakes and cinnamon rolls. If you use the dough for a king cake, divide it in half after the dough has doubled in size. Roll it out to a big rectangle, add your choice of filling, roll up and push ends into each other to make an oval. Put on greased baking sheet and bake 375 for 30-40 minutes. Then ice!! Just make sure you divide dough in half....other wise you will have a HUGE king cake that may take over your oven!!

Thank you for a very easy versitle recipe! I have been using it for about 4 months now and I just love it!!!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put the warm water into a large bowl, then sprinkle in the yeast and a couple teaspoons of the sugar and stir until thoroughly dissolved.
  2. Let proof for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the sugar, salt, eggs, and evaporated milk.
  4. Gradually stir in 4 cups of the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and thoroughly blended.
  5. Beat in the shortening, then add the remaining flour, about 1/3 cup at a time, beating it in with a spoon until it becomes too stiff to stir, then working in the rest with your hands.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight in a greased bowl.
  7. Roll the dough out onto a floured board or marble pastry surface to a thickness of 1/8 inch, then cut it into rectangles 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches with a sharp knife.
  8. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 360 degrees F.
  9. Fry the beignets about 3 or 4 at a time until they are puffed out and golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per batch.
  10. Turn them over in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown, since they rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff out.
  11. Drain each batch on paper towels, place on a platter lined with several layers of paper towels, and keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until they're all done.
  12. Serve 3 beignets per person, sprinkling heavily with powdered sugar, and serve hot with cafe au lait.

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