What are Beignets?
They are donut-like fried dough balls that are dusted with powdered sugar. My love affair with them (sometimes misspelled as benyas) started with a Disney audio story. It was about a beautiful girl who made legendary beignets in New Orleans. Little G would always ask me what is a beignet?
Most recipe yeilds a dense and doughnut-like texture, with yeast involved. This recipe is made from choux pastry because I love light, eggy and absolutely addictive choux pastry. These beignets are basically golden-brown fried choux pastry balls lavishly dusted with lots of powdered sugar.
However, if you like traditional and authentic donut-like texture, please check out my New Orleans Beignets recipe!
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How to Make Beignets?
Make the dough and chill in refrigerator for one hour. Shape the dough into small balls using a teaspoon or 1/2 tablespoon. Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a frying pan on medium-low heat to deep fry the dough balls in batches.
The beignets are ready when they turn golden brown. Transfer out with a strainer and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the powdered sugar generously and serve warm with a cup of coffee or tea.
Tips on How to Fry Beignets
Here are the tips on how to make them perfectly round and golden brown:
- The best oil to use is vegetable oil. It’s neutral tasting and great for high-heat frying.
- Use a wide frying pan.
- Don’t skim on the oil. Use at least 2-3 inches of oil.
- Shape the dough into a ball with a spoon before dropping them into the oil for frying.
What are Authentic Beignets?
I have an authentic recipe which is New Orleans Beignets with a dough similar to doughnuts. The recipe is akin to the ones you will find in New Orleans. Both recipes are amazing. This recipe here is definitely lighter with an airy texture; the New Orleans version has a denser interior.
How Many Calories Are in Beignets?
Each beignet is only 58 calories, which is much lower calories than Cafe Du Monde’s in New Orleans.
What to Serve with this Recipe?
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Easy Beignets Recipe
Soft, puffy, pillowy and crazy delicious beignets that transports you to New Orleans. Easy homemade beignets recipe with a choux pastry batter and powdered sugar!
- 1 cup water (8 fl oz/ 240 ml)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces (4 oz)
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- oil for frying
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar, for dusting
Place water, butter, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Stir until butter is melted and everything comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add flour into the mixture, stir to combine well with the butter mixture. Continue to stir and cook until the dough pulls away from the sides and starts to form into a ball, about 1 minute. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the dough with the eggs, start with one egg until the egg is completely incorporated into the dough. Add the rest of the eggs, one at a time. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one hour. After chilling, shape the dough into small balls using a teaspoon or 1/2 tablespoon. Arrange the dough balls on a plate lined with parchment paper.
Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a frying pan on medium-low heat. When the oil is fully heated, drop the dough balls and fry them in batches. Keep turning the dough balls around so they are evenly browned and puff up considerably. The beignets are ready when they start to form a seam (the beignet will start to burst creating a seam when it is ready). Transfer out with a strainer and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the powdered sugar generously and serve warm.