We love NEW Orleans! And their beignets at Le Café du monde!
Here is a recipe I have found, it’s light and delicious and passes the most important test. You will see. Read till the end of the recipe.
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 1/2 tsp of yeast
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 3/4 – 4 cups all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Large egg
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Oil , for frying
- Powdered sugar , for dusting
In a Large bowl combine lukewarm water and yeast. Let it sit until dissolve for about 5 minutes.
Lightly whisk eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla extract , salt and sugar. Add to the yeast mixture.
Mix in about 2 cups flour and continue mixing with hand whisk.
Add melted butter, mix until dough is sticky but smooth. Add one more cup of flour to make soft dough.
Turn dough on lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the dough. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm until doubled.
Punch the dough down- remove the dough from the bowl.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into ¼ – 1/3 inch thick. Then cut out dough into 1 1/2 or 2″ squares, you can use a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before frying
Working in batches, fry the dough squares until they are puffy and golden brown. Remove from the oil, put on paper towels or a cookie rack for oil to drop – and quickly dust with powdered sugar.
Serve hot with Café au lait. Mais bien sûr …
Bon appétit !
So how do you know your beignets are the best … they puff up and make a hole in the middle.