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    New Orleans Style Beignet Recipe

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    20 mins

    15 mins

    5 mins

    lazyme's Note:

    Beignets (pronounced "ben-YAYS") are a traditional New Orleans deep-fried yeast pastry. In the heart of the French Quarter at the Café du Monde, every good day starts and often ends with a plate of these airy golden treats and a cup of chicory-infused café au lait. Rising times are not included in the prep and cooking times.

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    1. 1
      Combine the Yeast, Water, and Sugar in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (You could also make this in a food processor, or the old fashioned way, by hand).
    2. 2
      Let this sit until frothy, about 5 minutes, then add the Salt, Egg, and Evaporated Milk.
    3. 3
      Mix on low speed, then add half of the flour until it starts to come together, then add the shortening.
    4. 4
      When the shortening is incorporated start adding the remaining flour, a little at a time until most of it is incorporated.
    5. 5
      At this time I always turn the dough onto a floured bench to finish by hand, just like when I make bread; it's a touch thing.
    6. 6
      Knead the dough adding just enough flour as necessary to make a non-sticky, smooth dough.
    7. 7
      Place the dough into a large oiled bowl, loosely cover and let rise (I made mine last night and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator).
    8. 8
      After the dough has doubled in bulk, punch it down and turn it onto a floured surface and roll out into a rectangle that is about 1/2-inch thick.
    9. 9
      With a very sharp knife working at a diagonal to the rectangle, cut into 2-inch wide strips.
    10. 10
      Now cut into diamond shapes by making diagonal cuts in the opposite direction.
    11. 11
      Place the Beignets on a floured baking sheet to let rise about 40 minutes in a warm place (I place them in a barely warm oven).
    12. 12
      When the Beignets have risen, heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a large saucepan to 350-360 degrees.
    13. 13
      Place 2-3 Beignets into the hot oil at a time, being careful not to smash or deflate them.
    14. 14
      When they are golden brown, flip them over until golden brown on the other side (They go pretty quickly so start checking them right after they go into the oil).
    15. 15
      Remove to paper towel lined plates to drain.
    16. 16
      Serve hot topped with plenty of powdered sugar (because the dough doesn't contain much sugar, you will want a lot!).
    17. 17
      Best served with Cafe au Lait. Enjoy!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 21, 2013


      Super delicious and melted in our mouths. These were a wonderful experience. Made for ZWT9. These are going in my favorites for 2013.

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    • on July 17, 2013


      put in a paper bag with sugar and shake nice breakfast,never did get pretty shapes,no evidence left of that fact lol zwt9

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    Nutritional Facts for New Orleans Style Beignet Recipe

    Serving Size: 1 (881 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1142.6
    Calories from Fat 202
    Total Fat 22.4 g
    Saturated Fat 7.2 g
    Cholesterol 111.2 mg
    Sodium 693.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 200.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.2 g
    Sugars 25.6 g
    Protein 32.0 g

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