September 15, 2016
Since we don’t know any other restaurant or catering firm serving authentic beignets, they are one of our most requested items during the holidays. These awesome gems are served hot from the fryer, liberally dusted with powdered sugar waiting for someone to take that first bite. Our servers are often directed by a guest: “Don’t you dare move away from me.”
Just think how your family and friends will love you when you make fresh beignets at your next party – or even at Brunch this Sunday. They are really easy.
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup ground nutmeg
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 room temperature egg (beaten)
- 3 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
- Lots of powdered sugar
- 1 medium-size bag
Scald milk in a saucepan on the stove (or in the microwave). Add the sugar, salt, nutmeg and stir and set aside. Cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle yeast into warm water with a half teaspoon of sugar, stir and set aside until it bubbles up to tripple in size…this shows that the yeast is active. In a mixing bowl with a dough hook add beaten egg, oil, milk mixture, yeast, and flour. Mix (knead) on medium speed for approximately 7 minutes. Place in lightly buttered or oiled large mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let double in bulk approximately one hour.
Turn the dough (it will be soft but not sticky), onto a well-floured surface or board. Knead gently. Roll into an 18” x 12” rectangle; cut into approximately 36 pieces or whatever size you desire. They can be big or small. Place on board and cover lightly with a dish towel for 30 minutes.
Preheat fryer to 350 degrees. If you are using a pot on the stove – use a thermometer to make sure your oil is at the correct temperature. Fry a few beignets at a time until golden brown on each side – turning when one side is brown. Drain on paper towels. Drop beignets in paper bag loaded with powdered sugar and vigorously shake until thoroughly coated. Serve hot.
NOTE: They do not hold or store well – so eat quickly…that has never been a problem in my house.