French Beignets

READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 5 dozen




  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Place water and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add all of the flour mixture in the bowl, stirring briskly (it will come together like a ball); remove pan from heat.
  • Using a large whisk, blend in eggs one at a time, until mixture is smooth and whites are well incorporated.
  • Add the lemon zest and stir to blend.
  • Heat enough oil to deep fry to a temp of 375F (at least several inches).
  • Drop batter mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil and cook 5-7 minutes, frequently turning beignets with chopsticks to cook all sides, and frying until nicely golden.
  • Drain beignets on paper towels.
  • When cool, dust with powdered sugar (if you dust them while they are too warm, the sugar will melt and get damp).
  • Heat jam or jelly until melted using a small saucepan or microwave, stirring occasionally as it melts.
  • Serve beignets with melted jam as a dipping sauce.