Beignets are a deep-fried, confectioners’ sugar-dusted indulgence that’s a New Orleans tradition made famous by Cafe du Monde. But you don’t have to go to the Big Easy to experience them. Thankfully they’re surprisingly easy to make at home.
These knee-wobblingly lovely blobs of fried dough that come buried beneath mounds of confectioners’ sugar originally came about as breakfast for dockworkers and merchants at the old French Market in New Orleans, according to author Constance Snow. They’re crisp on the outside and pillowy inside, sorta like the sopapilla of The Big Easy. Serve the beignets while still hot. If you’ve been to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, you know well the warning not to wear black while tucking into a plateful of beignets. We suggest you heed the same advice when indulging in these beignets at home. Originally published December 19, 2011.–Renee Schettler Rossi
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- 45 M
- 45 M
- Makes 12
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This recipe worked as written and was very easy to make. I would have liked a little more sugar in the dough. The recipe that I usually use — and most beignet recipes, call for two eggs and one half cup granulated sugar, whereas this recipe called for one egg and three tablespoons of granulated sugar. But I guess sweetness is a matter of taste. I would also suggest dropping the beignets into a bag of powdered sugar rather than placing them on a plate and sifting the sugar over them — easier and less messy. All in all, I would recommend this recipe to friends, with the suggestion that they might want to add more sugar if they like their beignets sweeter.
The first night, I fried them right away like the recipe called for. They puffed and were pretty good, but weren’t just a bit crispy like I prefer. I put the rest of the dough in the fridge overnight. Crispier tonight, not as doughy. We had coffee and beignets, New Orleans style, with powdered sugar everywhere. And there’s more dough in the fridge!