Hubby and I came up with this recipe together, and we had a blast doing it. They really are the perfect date night dessert if you like to cook with your significant other. Or they would be great for a family movie night. You could watch Disney’s The Princess and The Frog while eating Tiana’s “man-catching beignets”. We upped the ante on these a little by filling them with dark chocolate. mmmmm :)
For those who haven’t had these before they are basically a powdered doughnut. It’s a french dessert and I’ve heard that it’s a N’orleans specialty. I wouldn’t know though since I’ve never been to New Orleans. :) I do know however, that they are delicious and very pretty! This makes enough to feed a large crowd. We made half of it and froze the other half of the dough for another night.
Here’s the recipe:
Time investment: 30 min prep time, 1 hour rest time, 30 minutes cook time, 2 hours total
1/2 cup water – luke warm
1 T yeast
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 eggs, beaten
7 1/2 cups flour
6 oz chocolate chips
1 quart vegetable oil
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1. Combine yeast, lukewarm water and salt, let it sit for 5 minutes
2. In a large bowl combine shortening, boiling water and sugar, stir well, then add yeast mixture, milk, powdered milk and eggs, slowly stir in flour. Work the dough until the flour is well incorporated . Refrigerate dough, covered, for at least 1 hour.
3. Heat oil in saucepan or electric fryer.
4. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. This will need to be done in batches, take out about a baseball sized lump of dough at a time.
5. Cut dough into rectangles of desired size – how big do you want your doughnuts? We did ours about 2″ by 1″. Place 3 or 4 chocolate chips in the center of each rectangle.
6. Fold the dough over on itself and seal shut. Some techniques to help you get it sealed tight: use water on the edge, roll the edge over on itself, and seal with a fork like you would decorate a pie crust.
7. Test the oil, if a small ball of dough sizzles and rises to the top of the oil quickly it is hot enough. Use a slotted spoon to gently drop beignets in the oil. They should flip themselves over as they cook. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown and pull them out.
8. Dust with powdered sugar, we used a slotted spoon for this step, and serve warm
They were just so pretty too! I have way too many pictures like this one on my hard drive. It’s making me hungry :)