Recipe for Beignets: A New Orleans Specialty

Beignets (picture from Photobucket.com)

 If you have a sweet tooth, this recipe was made for you. This fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar is a confectionary dream for those of us who are not ashamed to admit we’ve eaten sugar sandwiches. This treat is so beloved in Louisiana that it became the state doughnut in 1986.

Here’s the recipe for beignets! Do yourself a favor and get a pot of coffee brewing to go with this special indulgence.

Recipe for Beignets (Whatscookingamerica.net)

Ingredients

1 cup lukewarm water

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, room temperature & beaten

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup evaporated milk

4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

Vegetable oil*

Powdered sugar for dusting

* Use just enough vegetable oil to completely cover beignets while frying.

Instructions

Using a mixer with a dough hook, place water, sugar, salt, egg, butter, evaporated milk, flour, and yeast in the bowl. Beat until smooth. If using a bread machine, select dough setting and press Start. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface. form dough into an oval, place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled (3 to 4 hours) or overnight.

To prepare dough, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares or circles.

In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil to 360 degrees F. Fry the beignets (2 or 3 at a time) 2 to 3 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown; beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff. NOTE: If the beignets don’t rise to the top immediately when dropped into the oil, the oil is not hot enough. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels, then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

NOTE: The dough can be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator – it actually improves with age; just punch down when it rises. Dough can also be frozen; cut and roll, or shape doughnuts before freezing.)

Makes 18 beignets.

Learn about the History of King Cake:

 http://www.multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/component/k2/item/372-north-america-king-cake.html

Pictures from rachelleb.com

French Bakery: Bonaparte at Baltimore’s Fells Point

Apricot Blueberry tart

We made Bonaparte Breads and Cafe one of our East Coast Pit-stops inBaltimore as we gather sound “bites” about food.  We have it on good authority from our local Baltimore food critic, Monica Johnson and field producer of this webisode that the food is delish! From quiche, desserts to fresh baked breads by a French baker, the restaurant faces the inner harbor what more could you ask for. Take a gander at the foods and hear what the manager says they are serving.

Located at: 903 South Ann Street, Fells Point

Bonaparte

(Dexter Nixon puts mic on the Bakery Manager