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!
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?
My beignets are only 402 calories per serving (about 5 perserving), which is much lower calories than Cafe Du Monde’s in New Orleans.
Serve Beignets with:
For an afternoon tea party, make the following dishes.
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Other Recipes You Might Like
- New Orleans Beignets
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