Saturday, April 21, 2012

Beautiful Breakfast Beignet Bites


I have wanted to visit New Orleans for a very long time but have never gotten there. I was assigned the task of researching a beignet recipe for a menu we are planning. I jumped at the opportunity to travel south even if it was only vicariously through food. I got tips and recipes from several friends on Facebook. Most of the recipes are similar put I guess the one I ended up relying on the most is this one  from  These were served with a crème anglaise but there are many options to serve on the side and they are pretty good with nothing but the dusting of sugar.

Beignet Recipe

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Click on over for the directions  I allowed the dough to rest overnight and it was very easy to roll the next morning. I rolled the dough 1/8th of an inch thick as recommended but I wanted smaller beignets more like sticks so I cut the about a half  inch wide and 1.5 inches long.
I was very surprised how easy these were to make and they really are quite delicious. You can cut them any shape you like but I did like the bite sized ones I made.The recipe scales up very well I quadrupled this recipe and it worked like a charm.
Just a taste of some of the items we were working on.
I am off to Ireland for a family visit early next week but have the link up and giveaway open while I am away so please pop over and either add a link or leave a comment there are two Muir Glen gift baskets up for grabs. 

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