Although I have never been to New Orleans, I would love to go. I already have it all planned out in my mind: my first visit would be to Café du Monde for some beignets and café au lait!
The first time I made beignets, it involved lots of oil and lots of frying. In fact, our house smelled like a deep fryer for days. I’m happy to tell you that my second attempt at beignets is much healthier and just as tasty. In fact, I think they are infinitely better!
This recipe comes from Good Housekeeping and while it is relatively simple, it does require quite a few steps. If you plan on making these tasty treats for breakfast, be sure and get up early to give yourself plenty of time for the beignets to rise.
Your house will smell wonderful! As soon as the beignets are done baking, dust them with powdered sugar. They are best served warm.
These beignets are like little pillows of sweet goodness. Perfect with a cup of hot coffee, or even drizzled with some chocolate sauce.
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- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 T cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Combine the yeast, warm water, and a pinch of the sugar in a small bowl and set aside for five minutes until foamy.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Using your fingers, cut in the butter and work mixture together until it resembles coarse sand.
- Mix the egg and buttermilk together. Add to yeast and then add to dry ingredients. Stir together to form a soft dough. Knead for 5-10 minutes until dough becomes smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 15 minutes.
- Roll dough out on floured surface into the shape of a rectangle, about 1/4" high. Cut into 1 1/2" x 2" squares. Place squares of dough on lined baking sheets and let rise in warm place for 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake beignets for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar.