What are Beignets?
Beignets are donut-like fried dough balls that are dusted with powdered sugar. My love affair with beignets (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? This is my first attempt in homemade beignets and I passed with flying colors!
I did some research on beignets recipe. Most recipe yeilds a dense and doughnut-like texture, with yeast involved. I opted for this beignet recipe made from choux pastry. The reason is simple: I love light, eggy and absolutely addictive choux pastry, and these beignets are basically golden-brown fried choux pastry balls dusted with lots of powdered sugar!
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 deep fry the dough balls in batches. (The best oil for frying beignets is vegetable oil.) 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.
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