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Beignets

These soft, fluffy Beignets are pillows of fried dough that have been generously dusted with powdered sugar and inspired by the ones from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. Learning how to make beignets at home in your own kitchen is easier than you would think and they are every bit as delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Additional Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 17 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Amy Nash

Ingredients

  • ½ cup warm water about 105 to 110 degrees F
  • cup sugar divided
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whole milk warmed
  • ¼ cup salted butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Combine the warm water, about 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is foamy.
  • Add the remaining sugar, milk, butter, salt, egg, and 2 cups of the flour, mixing until well-combined using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Add the remaining flour, kneading until it comes together into a soft dough, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, turning to coat, then cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, or refrigerate overnight.
  • Roll out onto a lightly floured surface until about ¼-inch thick. Cut into 2"x3" rectangles using a pizza cutter.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat to 375 degrees F. Fry the beignets for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, flipping partway through, until crispy and golden brown on the outside. You will need to work in batches with a few beignets at a time so as not to crowd the pan and drop the oil temperature too much.
  • Transfer the cooked beignets to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack to drain as they finish. Dust with a generous coating of powdered sugar before serving warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg