Springtime Beignets

So, I got a text from my husband with a link to an article about Mardi Gras, and Fat Tuesday, and beignets.  Can you make these? Since he rarely makes requests, I told him sure.   Then the worry set in.  Yeast dough! Now, I made great strides towards conquering my fear of yeast in 2017, but there's still always that little doubt in the back of my mind.  But I pushed it aside, and got to work.

The dough comes together quickly, but my guys are not patient enough to wait 4 hours (or overnight!) for something to rise.  My new oven has a bread proof setting, so I used that and it was ready to go in a little over 2 hours.   It rolls out like a dream.  Frying them up goes quickly if you are organized and have eager helpers standing by to dust them with powdered sugar.   We skipped the berries and whipped cream this time, we're still very much stuck in winter here in New England, and finding good produce is a huge challenge.

These were perfectly pillowy sweet bundles of goodness.  My regularly scheduled eating healthier campaign will resume tomorrow, there was no way I was going to miss out on these!  Thanks so much to  Kathi H. for sharing her recipe.  

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Springtime Beignets

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plus 2T warm water (120 to 130ยบ)- divided
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 package quick rise yeast (1/4 oz)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/4 to 3 3/4 flour
  • Oil for frying
  • confectioner's sugar
  • Berries and whipped topping (optional)

Beat butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon until crumbly. Beat in 1/2 cup water and evaporated milk. In another bowl, dissolve yeast in remaining water; add to milk mixture. Beat in egg until blended. Add 2 cups flour; mix until well blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Bring dough to room temperature. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Cut into 2-in. squares. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop beignets, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar. If desired, serve with assorted berries and whipped topping. 
Yield: 4 dozen.
Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/springtime-beignets---berries


  1. This looks easy enough. Won't even need my trusty bread machine. Going to put these on my list to try but will have to be on a day i'm feeding lunch to the guys because looks like it would wreck my diet

    1. Good plan! My guys made short work of them, but I really enjoyed the one that I had :)


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