I spent last weekend eating my way through New Orleans, and I had to share some of the wonderful tastes of the Big Easy with you. The only catch is… I used a mix! These beignets taste so good, I hope you forgive me for cheating! I’ve tried to make beignets from scratch, but the truth is the mix is superior (the ultimate is getting yourself to New Orleans and eating fresh beignets from Cafe Du Monde in person, but this is the next best thing!) You can purchase the mix on Cafe Du Monde’s website.
Beignet is actually the French word for “fried dough” and these have been made famous in the U.S. by Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. They are also the official state doughnut of Louisiana. Don’t you think every state needs its own official doughnut?
It has become a family tradition for years that my Dad an I make these delicious doughnuts for an annual family breakfast at our cabin in Arkansas (Arkansas you say? Very long story for a future blog).
There really aren’t many ingredients to gather. Start simply by pulling out the box
Place two cups of beighnets mix in a large bowl.
Add 7 ounces of water (add the water slowly and mix, you want the dough to be slightly sticky but not very wet).
Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut into 2 inch squares.
Heat 1-2 inches of oil in a pan and heat to 370 degrees. Place each dough square into the hot oil (be careful not to burn yourself!) basting continually on each side until puffy and light golden.
Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and be sure to eat them warm (with a cup of Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee).
Mine looked almost as good as the ones from Cafe Du Monde!
Happy Beignet Day! Be sure to get yourself to the Big Easy soon to eat these at the real live Cafe Du Monde. In the meantime, hope you enjoy bringing a little piece of Cafe Du Monde into your kitchen.