During my time on Hallmark’s Best Home Cook, I made homemade beignets. A beignet is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry. Cafe Du Monde is one of New Orleans’ most famous places to get beignets from, as people make it a “must stop” place when they come to the city. They are usually open 24 hours and only closed on Christmas Day. In September, we also host Beignet Fest, a festival that raises money to help and support children with Autism. So in case you can’t get down to Cafe Du Monde, you can make beignets right at home. Thanks to Shanti Hinojos for styling this dish!
Ingredients for Homemade Beignets
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 package yeast
- powdered sugar
Directions For Homemade Beignets
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
- Heat milk (Steaming but not boiling.)
- Place the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Pour the scalding milk over the top of the butter and sugar.
- Stir the milk so that the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
- Add the yeast and stir it in.
- Add the egg and half of the dry ingredients to the bowl and beat well.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Place the dough on a floured counter and knead about 2-3 minutes, or until it is soft and pliable.
- Place your kneaded dough into a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Place the dough onto a floured counter and flour a rolling pin. Roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thick.
- Cut the dough into squares.
- Place the dough pieces on a greased cookie sheet and cover with greased (use PAM) cellophane. Allow them to rise for 30 minutes – 1 hour, or until they have almost doubled in size.
- Fry 1-2 minutes each side and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar