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Beignets


 

Beignet (pronounced Ben YAY with the accent on the second syllable) is French for "fried dough". In the U.S. it is a pastry made from deep-fried dough, much like a doughnut, and sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, or frostings. Beignets are also popular as an appetizer, with fillings such as maple or fruit preserves.

They are a popular donut at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.


How to make a Beignet

ingredients:

1 C. milk
1/3 C. butter
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
¼ C. lukewarm water
4 C. all-purpose flour
½ C. sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla or other flavoring

Jelly or custard for filling


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The Jelly is if you want to make a filled version.

 


3. Put sugar, butter, and salt into a large bowl. I crumbled it up with my fingers.

Pour scalded milk, while still hot, over ingredients in the bowl. When it's lukewarm, add 1 C of flour and beat till smooth. Stir softened yeast, mix well. Measure out 2 ½ -3 C. flour. Add about half the flour to the mixture and beat till smooth.


Add the beaten eggs, then enough flour to make a soft dough.


Knead the dough and if it is still too sticky like it is here, add a little more flour at a time.


Till you get a smooth round ball.
Oil the top, cover and raise.

Some places it can rise right on the counter. Where I live I usually warm the oven then shut it off. Put in a pan of water and then the covered bowl with the dough and shut the door for a hour.

Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar and serve with coffee.

 

Jelly filled Beignet

 

Get your favorite jelly or jam.

Use a good amount of jelly a healthy tablespoon full.

Put one of the circles on top.


pinch the edges to seal

Put them on a sheet pan to raise.

These took another 30 minutes to rise. Now they are ready to fry.

I tested the oil to make sure it was the right temperature. I carefully lifted the Berliner with a metal spatula and placed it carefully in the oil.

Fry them on one side and flip over, and cook on the other.


Lift the donut onto a paper towel when done.

When you are ready to serve top with powdered sugar .

They should be nice and fluffy inside.

 

 

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