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Beignet | Irresistible, unforgettable, and delicious. Beignets are a culinary classic

Beignet is a type of fritter, or deep-fried pastry, possibly made from pâte à choux and called pets-de-nonne, which means “nun’s fart” in French, but may also be made from other types of dough, including yeast dough.[5] In France there are at least 20 different versions. They can vary in shape, the flour used for the dough, and the filling. They are popular in French, Italian, and French-American cuisines.

Type Fritter
Place of origin France
Main ingredients Dough, powdered sugar
Variations Sourdough

How to Make Beignets

You’ll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let’s go over the basics:
Beignet Ingredients

These are the basic ingredients you’ll need for this beignet recipe:

· Yeast: This beignet recipe starts with active dry yeast dissolved in warm water.
· Evaporated milk: You’ll need a can of evaporated milk.
· Sugars: White sugar goes into the dough, while powdered sugar is sprinkled liberally on top of the finished beignets.
· Eggs: Eggs lend moisture and help bind the dough together.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.
· Flour: All-purpose flour creates structure.
· Shortening: Vegetable shortening is used instead of butter in this beignet recipe, as shortening creates pockets of air.
· Oil: You’ll need about a quart of vegetable oil for frying.

How to Make Beignets at Home

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade beignets:

  • Activate the yeast, then mix in the evaporated milk, white sugar, eggs, salt, and four cups of flour to form a dough.
  • Add the shortening and the remaining flour. Chill the dough.
  • Roll the dough out and cut it into squares.
  • Fry the dough in batches, then top with confectioners’ sugar.

What to Serve With Beignets

For an authentic New Orleans experience, serve your homemade beignets with chicory coffee or cafe au lait. You can also pair the beignets with chocolate sauce for even more decadence.

How to Store Beignets

Beignets are best served fresh. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can also freeze beignets for up to three months (just make sure to add the powdered sugar after thawing).