Beignets are deep fried fritters, covered in powdered sugar and sometimes filled with fruit or pastry cream. They are similar to doughnuts but better. They have been a traditional item at this French Quarter cafe since 1862. Cafe Du Monde beignets are probably the most famous beignets on the planet but you too can make them at home.
The traditional square doughnuts were perfected at this famous cafe in the French Quarter coffee shop. They are best served warm and buried in a pile of powdered sugar. They are classically served with chicory cafe au lait or hot coffee.
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- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- ¼ cup shortening
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 quart vegetable oil
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Dissolve yeast in warm water until completely dissolved in a large bowl. Add in the evaporated milk, eggs, sugar & salt; blend well.
- Now, add in 4 cups of flour; mix well & beat for several minutes, until completely smooth. Add in the shortening & then the leftover 3 cups of the flour. Cover & let chill for up to a day.
- Roll the dough out approximately ⅛” thick. Cut into 2 & ½” squares. Fry in hot oil (at 360 F). Once fried, place them on paper towels and drain.
- Shake the confectioners’ sugar on hot beignets. Serve immediately & enjoy.