Beignets

Recipe from

Southern Living

Ingredients

1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
3 tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 to 3 quarts vegetable oil
Powdered sugar

Preparation

Combine yeast and 3 tablespoons warm water in a large bowl; let mixture stand 5 minutes.

Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat (do not boil). Stir in sugar, shortening, and salt. Cool to lukewarm (100° to 110°).

Add milk mixture, egg, and 2 cups flour to yeast mixture, stirring well. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead 8 to 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down, and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll dough into a 12- x 10-inch rectangle; cut into 2-inch squares. Place on a floured surface; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Pour oil to a depth of 2 to 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Fry beignets, in batches, 1 minute on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot.

Note: To make ahead, turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead 8 to 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Punch dough down and follow directions above.

March 2001
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