French Beignets New Orleans Recipe:
What is a Beignet?
Beignet (pronounced “Ben-yay”) is a French word that means bump. It originally meant fritters made from choux pastry. This is an authentic recipe. This doughnut was made from a pastry with no holes and was made the official state doughnut in Louisiana in 1986.
In France, beignets are a traditional Mardi Gras food. Beignets are often eaten as a breakfast, dessert, or snack during tea or coffee.
How to cook French Beignets?
Great cake for the family. A couple of weeks ago, I went to New Orleans for a quick getaway. All the way there, I kept thinking about getting a beignet from Café Du Monde. I love these things! Beignets are French deep-fried pastries with powdered sugar on top. They are very popular in New Orleans.
Here is a look at my beignet from Café Du Monde…. Doesn’t it look heavenly?
Well, I had to try to make these when I got home. There are many different recipes for beignets, but I modified my recipe to what ingredients I actually had in the house. I also took the recipe and cut it in half to make 18 beignets instead of 36.
They were not difficult to make because they are very similar to making doughnuts.
And they came out delicious! They came out light and fluffy and not dense and heavy.
While I have to admit, Café Du Monde’s beignets do taste different. Now, you can buy a box of Café Du Monde Beignet Mix if you prefer.
But if you cannot get to New Orleans and want to make these from scratch, this recipe is a GREAT substitute as you can see by the empty plate. I enjoyed them!.
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French Beignets New Orleans Recipe:
- Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Yield: about 18 beignets
- Light and fluffy French beignets.
- 1/2 cup warm milk (about 110°F)
- 1/2 package active dry yeast or 1 1/8 teaspoons of dry yeast
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- One large egg
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying
- Powder sugar for dusting
- In a mixer bowl or large bowl, combine milk and yeast.
- Let stand until yeast dissolves and becomes nice and bubbly for about 10 minutes.
- Whisk in sugar, egg and melted butter.
- With the dough hook, add flour and knead the dough for about 7 – 10 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky.
- If kneading by hand, turn dough on a floured surface and knead the dough, until dough is smooth and elastic, and no longer sticky,
- Form dough into a ball.
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- If your kitchen is cool, it may take longer.
- Heat oil to 375°F.
- While oil is heating, punch down the dough and transfer the dough to the floured work surface.
- Roll out dough into an 8″ square, about 3/8″ thick.
- Cut dough in 1″ x 1″ squares, yielding about 18 squares.
- Working in batches of 3 – 4, fry dough until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.
- Remove beignets with a slotted spoon and rest on a platter lined with paper towels.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Notes: This recipe can easily be doubled.
- Before you start cooking, please make sure that the oil has cooled down before heating the next batch. You can use the splatter screen to reduce oil splashes, and it’s also a handy tool if you often fry in a pan.
- Each egg will make the dough stiffer. It’ll initially appear very liquidy but continue to mix until it becomes smooth.
- The small cookie dough scoop is 1-inch in diameter and allows for the quick dropping of the beignet dough in the hot oil. It also ensures uniform size. For best results, grease it lightly with cooking oil.
- You can lighten the confectioner’s sugar by filtering it through fine-mesh sieves. Then dust the beignets with the syrup. You can also put the confectioner’s sugar in a bag and add the beignets. 
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Are Beignets French?
Yes, they are.
Where to get beignets in french quarter?
- Cafe du Monde.
- Morning Call.
- Cafe Beignet.
How to pronounce beignet in french?
“bé·nyè”, the right way you can use to say: it’s simply “BEN-yay.”
What is the Difference between a Donut & a Beignet?
The most crucial difference between a donut or a beignet is the shapes and fillings. Donuts are usually shaped in a circular form with a hole at the center.
However, Donuts can be cut into squares or poured directly into hot oil to make them oval.
Donuts can also be stuffed with jellies or pastry cream, while beignets require only the dough to make them.
le beignet = the donut
How do they taste?
Beignets taste just like donuts but with a bit of sweetness from the powdered sugar. Of course, it all depends on how many you use.
What to Serve Them With?
They’re traditionally served with cafe au lait (strong hot coffee with hot steamed milk). Chicory was often used for bittering the coffee and counteracting the sweetness of the beignets.
It would be great if you dipped them in chocolate sauce.
They’re delicious with strong black coffee too.
How to Reheat?
You can reheat quickly in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, or you can use the oven to reheat at 350deg for 3-5 minutes.