Sinful Fat Tuesday! I made the dough during my lunch hour and let it chill until after dinner, approximately 8 hours. After Cajun fried okra and jambalaya we weren't sure we had room for beignets. Oh ... my ... goodness! After the 8 hour chill these fried up with that lovely air pocket in the center so we were able to stuff our accompanying home-made bananas foster into them and enjoy these beignets even more! I will quarter the recipe in the future though, as we will be eating beignets for breakfast and dinner for the entire next week!
New Orleans Beignets
Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Joe Maer
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4 Hours, 48 Minutes
- 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (105° to 115°), divided
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 6 1/2 to 7 cups bread flour
- Vegetable oil
- Sifted powdered sugar
- 1. Make the yeast mixture: Combine yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tsp. granulated sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. Add milk, eggs, salt, and remaining granulated sugar.
- 2. Form a dough: Microwave remaining 1 cup water until hot (about 115°); stir in shortening until melted. Add to yeast mixture. Beat at low speed, gradually adding 4 cups flour, until smooth. Gradually add remaining 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour, beating until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
- 3. Roll and cut: Turn dough out onto a floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares.
- 4. Fry until golden: Pour oil to depth of 2 to 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°. Fry dough, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack. Dust immediately with powdered sugar.
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