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How do you make beignets?

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To make beignets, combine sugar, yeast, eggs and evaporated milk with bread flour and shortening, then deep fry the mixture in batches. Coat the beignets with confectioners' sugar before serving.

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How do you make beignets?
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To make beignets, mix 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1 envelope of active dry yeast. In a separate bowl, beat 2 eggs, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt and 1 cup of evaporated milk, then add to the yeast mixture. Add 3 cups of bread flour, and stir well, then add 1/4 cup of shortening, and continue to stir while adding 4 more cups of bread flour. Put the dough on a floured surface, and knead until it is smooth. Place the dough in a large bowl that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap or a towel, and allow the dough to rise for at least two hours.

Preheat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place 3 cups of confectioners' sugar in a paper or plastic bag. Roll the dough until it is about 1/4-inch thick, then cut it into 1-inch squares. Deep fry the dough squares, and flip them constantly until they reach a golden color. Drain the beignets on paper towels for a few seconds, then place them in the bag with the confectioners' sugar. Close the bag, and shake until the beignets are coated with the sugar.

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