How To Make Beignets

Want to get a feel for the French Quarter without the crowded streets, boisterous partiers and sweltering summer heat? You can make the finger-licking-good beignets in the comfort of your own home – and air conditioning. These tasty little fritters are found everywhere in New Orleans and for good reason; they are unbelievably delicious. Although they are often served as a sweet dessert, they can be made with meat and vegetables as a savory dish. Beignets are made from a deep-fried choux paste, which is dough made from yeast, flour, sugar, evaporated milk and shortening. This French dish has been declared the official state donut of Lousiana. Now, don’t you want to live somewhere that has a state donut? In this video, Chef Susie provides an online cooking lesson for making delicious New Orleans styled beignets. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

Beignets Recipe

1 envelope active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoon butter
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
3 cups confectioners sugar

1. Mix yeast and water in a large bowl
2. Add sugar, eggs, evaporated milk and salt and blend well. Mix in 1/2 of the flour, then the shortening, then the rest of the flour. Cover and refrigerate overnight
3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 1 ½ inch squares
4. Place in oil (being careful not to splash the oil) and fry in 360 degree oil until golden brown
5. Drain for a few seconds on paper towels and then toss in a bag of confectioners sugar

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