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Beignets from Café Beignet

Photo: Oxmoor House

 

Yield Makes 1 dozen
Take charge of this sticky dough by dusting your hands and work surface with flour before rolling out the dough.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons chilled shortening, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Wax paper
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Place flour in a large bowl. Cut shortening into flour with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Combine hot water and sugar in a small bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature; add vanilla, if desired. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Dough will be sticky.)

  2. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches in a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.

  3. Meanwhile, turn dough out onto a well floured surface, and knead lightly 3 or 4 times. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into 2-inch squares, and place on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Let dough rest 10 minutes.

  4. Fry beignets, in batches, 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and dust generously with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

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