What is a good New Orleans beignet recipe?


Quick Answer

A good New Orleans beignet recipe is French Quarter Beignets from the Food Network. Other good recipes include Southern Living's New Orleans Beignets and Epicurious' Buttermilk Beignets.

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Full Answer

To make French Quarter Beignets, combine 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1 envelope of active dry yeast. As the yeast mixture sits for 10 minutes, cream together 2 eggs, 1 cup of evaporated milk and 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt in another bowl. Once the yeast starts to bubble, mix in the egg mixture, 7 cups of bread flour a few cups at a time, and 1/4 cup of shortening or butter. When the dough starts to come together, knead it on a floured surface, and then place it in a covered bowl in a warm location.

After two hours, roll out the dough, and cut it into 1-inch squares that are 1/4-inch thick. Cook the dough in oil at high heat until the beignets are golden brown. After the beignets drain for a few minutes, place them in a bag with 3 cups of confectioner's sugar, and shake the bag until the beignets are thoroughly covered.

Another recipe suggests heating 3/4 cup of whole milk in a saucepan until it is frothy, adding 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, and then whisking in 4 teaspoons of yeast and 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. After five minutes, mix in 3 1/2 cups of bread flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

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