New Orleans Beignet
The Beignet is a one-of-a-kind donut. Soft and fluffy perfect for a cup of coffee or if you were in New Orleans it would be Cafe De Monde. This recipe is one that you will make over and over again for your family.
1 cup warm milk
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 medium-sized eggs
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons ) butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour, more for kneading
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting
Combine the yeast and milk in a bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cooled butter.
Combine the yeast and egg mixture in a stand mixer. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix until it is not a sticky dough, adding more flour a tablespoon at a time until it doesn’t stick to the bowl, 10 minutes. Form into a ball and lightly oil the top. Cover with a towel and rise until doubled, approximately 40 minutes.
Heat the oil to 325 degrees, 160C
Punch the dough down and let rest for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with flour, and roll into a 12” square. Cut into 4 equal parts, and cut parts into 6 pieces for a total of 24 beignets.
Fry for 1 1/2 minutes per side. Place cooked beignets on a paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar and serve.