It was a hot day today here in good old Calgary. I’m not complaining, I love the heat, it just gets a bit too hot in the house, that’s all. My dog loves it though, she loves to sit out on the deck and get a tan on her belly. Anyway, I try to enjoy every hot day we get because I know it doesn’t last long.
Today I was in the mood for some beignets. I had only made them once before and I loved them. Beignet is a french word and it simply means fried dough, so it’s basically a donut and it’s sprinkled with powdered sugar. Sometimes these beignets are also filled with fruit. I remember I saw this recipe on Paula Deen a while ago and I used her recipe which I modified a bit, I used butter instead of shortening and I used milk instead of evaporated milk. I also cut her recipe in half, her original recipe calls for 7 cups of flour and that just seems like a lot of beignets to me. Even the 3 1/2 cups of flour made quite a few beignets.
I love these little beignets because they are not sweet at all and if you want them sweeter just add lots of powdered sugar on them.
To make these babies is super simple. No need for a mixer, all you need is a big bowl and a whisk.
In a big bowl, add the water, sugar and yeast. Whisk it all together and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The yeast will get all nice and bubbly. After 10 minutes, add the egg, butter and milk and whisk. Add the salt and add half the flour and whisk well until everything is well incorporated.
Add the remaining flour and turn the dough over on a floured surface and knead it a few times. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a clean towel. Let it sit and double in size, anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, in a warm place.
Roll out the dough in a long triangle that’s about 3/4 of an inch in thickness. Cut the dough in long strips then cut the strips to form squares.
Before frying them make sure the oil is hot, it needs to be 350 F degrees. Fry the beignets, about 5 or 6 at a time. Be careful, they fry quickly, so you have to stand by them and flip them when they’re done on one side. Repeat with remaining beignets. When they’re done, all you have to do is sprinkle them with powdered sugar and enjoy. They are truly delicious, light and fluffy.