Recipe: Beignets


  • 1cup lukewarm water
  • 3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature and beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Place the yeast in a small jar with lukewarm water and a teaspoon of sugar and let it activate (about 10 minutes).
  2. Mix the evaporated milk, butter, egg, rest of the sugar, and salt in a bowl till its smooth. Mix in the yeast.
  3. Place the flour in a large bowl and make a hole in the center. Add the yeast mixture to this flour, mix and knead until it’s a wet dough.
  4. Now place the dough on a floured surface and knead well, until the dough is similar to a bread dough (smooth and airy). Mould the dough to a round surface, oil the outside well and place it in an oiled bowl.
  5. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest and rise overnight.
  6. Remove the dough place it on a floured surface and roll it out to about ½ inch thickness.
  7. Cut it into squares. Heat oil in a fryer to 360 degrees and fry the beignets to golden brown.
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels. Then generously sprinkle powdered sugar and serve hot with a cup of chicory coffee. Enjoy!

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