Okay, I had a busy weekend:) I was at my sister's house on Saturday and I decided to whip up a batch of beignets for everyone to enjoy. Needless to say my daughter and niece couldn't stop eating them. (Neither could I) Beignets are like the forefathers of dougnuts but I think these are waaaaay easier to do. They are pieces of fried dough that are covered in confectioner's sugar while hot, perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Here's the recipe I use:
1 1/8 tsp active dried yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinammon
1/8 cup butter(softened)
vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
- In a large bowl, disslove yeast and warm water. Add sugar, salt, egg,evaporated milk and blend well. (I usually use a whisk) Mix in half the flour and beat until smooth. Add the butter then remaining flour and cinammon. Cover bowl securely with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 48 hours.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in batches in 360 degree hot oil. Beignets will pop up to the surface. Watch carefully to make sure that beignets don't burn since they cook pretty quickly. Drain on paper towels.
- Sift powdered sugar on hot beignets.
- Serve warm and enjoy! (Tip: you can use just half the dough and refrigerate the rest, this recipe makes about 25 beignets)