Yield: Makes about 4 dozen beignets.
You haven’t visited New Orleans if you haven’t had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde in the French Market. When making these at home, have plenty of confectioners’ sugar on hand and serve the beignets with a fresh pot of coffee.
This recipe was excerpted from Dam Good Sweet.
Pour enough peanut oil into a large pot to fill it to a depth of 3 inches and bring to a temperature of 375°F over medium heat (this will take about 20 minutes). Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
Lightly flour your work surface and turn the dough out on it. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour, gently press to flatten, fold it in half, and gently tuck the ends under to create a rough-shaped round. Dust again and roll the dough out into a 1/2-inch- to 1/3-inch-thick circle. Let the dough rest for 1 minute before using a chef’s knife, a bench knife, or a pizza wheel to cut the dough into 1-1/2-inch squares (you should get about 48).
Gently stretch a beignet lengthwise and carefully drop it into the oil. Add a few beignets (don’t overcrowd them, otherwise the oil will cool down and the beignets will soak up oil and be greasy) and fry until puffed and golden brown, turning them often with a slotted spoon, for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the prepared plate to drain while you cook the rest. Serve while still warm, buried under a mound of confectioners’ sugar, with hot coffee on the side.
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Love this recipe. Knead it past the wet stage it's a beautiful, delicious fluffy dough. The beignets come out so light and airy with a superb flavor!
The dough is very difficult to work with due to how wet it is - but it's totally worth it. These were amazing.
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