Homemade beignets recipe

A perfect baked version of this Mardi Gras favorite

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When you think of Mardi Gras, what comes to mind? Beads, strong drinks and lots of gumbo? Another essential piece of Mardi Gras isn't purple, green or yellow, and doesn't come in drink form. The beignet, which is a traditional French doughnut, was made famous by New Orlean's Cafe du Monde. Now, every year around Mardi Gras, people flock to the cafe to enjoy one of these fried favorites. If you can't make it out to Louisiana this year, make your own beignets with this delicious recipe!

Fry a batch of these delicious doughnuts this year around Mardi Gras for an incredible breakfast everyone will love. Plus, they pair beautifully with a morning cocktail.

Homemade baked beignets

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

Yields about 3 dozen

Ingredients: 

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups bread flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • Oil for deep frying
  • About 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions: 

  1. Mix the water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes (mixture will look bubbly).
  2. In another bowl mix eggs, milk and salt together. Mix eggs into the yeast mixture, stirring well. In a large bowl, measure out flour. Add three cups of the flour to the yeast mixture, stirring well. Add in the butter and then stir in remaining flour.
  3. Remove dough and knead on a floured surface until it's softened. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm room for at least 2 hours.
  4. Heat oil over high heat (or preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees F). Roll dough into 1-inch squares. Place in oil and fry until golden brown, flipping constantly. Remove from oil, place on a paper towel. Then, roll in powdered sugar.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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