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My first attempt at homemade beignets!

post #1 of 24
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Tonight i decided i'll be brave and make my first attempt at home made beignets! I found a recipe that sounds deliscious.....i think i'll make the dough tonight and let it chill overnight...then fry them up in the morning. Has anyone made them before? Any tips? I wanted to use the Cafe du Monde mix, but the store didn't have any tonight....so this is the recipe i'm trying. i'll let ya'll know how they turn out tomorrow

http://www.everydaycook.com/recipebo...s/beignets.htm

for those of you who've never had a beignet before- they're french doughnuts - it's dough that's fried and then rolled in powdered sugar. They're SOOOOOOOOOOo good! They're super popular in New Orleans....there's a place there called Cafe du Monde...it's world reknown for their beignets and cafe o'lai. I had the chance to go to NO for a day two weeks ago when Colin and I went to see his family in Mobile (it's about 2 1/2 hours away from new orleans). It was soo fun...and sad.
post #2 of 24
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Well- the dough turned out lovely- it's in the fridge now chilling for the night. In the morning i'll shape it and fry it up for breakfast
post #3 of 24
So are they doughnuts? Glad teh dough turned out good. I would be totally lost on how to cook those thing. Or anything for that matter.
post #4 of 24
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This is one of the best places in the world for beignets. It's in the French Quarters I have tons of pictures of it- when i get them uploaded i'll share some / They have awesome beignets

http://www.cafedumonde.com/main.html
post #5 of 24
They're "fritters". I've never made them, but have had them from a donut shop
post #6 of 24
I just have one question:

Are you gonna share when you get them done, Nikki???
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Tonight i decided i'll be brave and make my first attempt at home made beignets! I found a recipe that sounds deliscious.....i think i'll make the dough tonight and let it chill overnight...then fry them up in the morning. Has anyone made them before? Any tips? I wanted to use the Cafe du Monde mix, but the store didn't have any tonight....so this is the recipe i'm trying. i'll let ya'll know how they turn out tomorrow

http://www.everydaycook.com/recipebo...s/beignets.htm

for those of you who've never had a beignet before- they're french doughnuts - it's dough that's fried and then rolled in powdered sugar. They're SOOOOOOOOOOo good! They're super popular in New Orleans....there's a place there called Cafe du Monde...it's world reknown for their beignets and cafe o'lai. I had the chance to go to NO for a day two weeks ago when Colin and I went to see his family in Mobile (it's about 2 1/2 hours away from new orleans). It was soo fun...and sad.



I agree, I love beignets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like them better if they don't have a lot of powdered sugar, I like them just with a little bit of sugar on them, and I gotta have milk with them too.
post #8 of 24
Oooooooooh, send some my way when your done
post #9 of 24
Yum... sounds good! I've never made them from scratch, only from a mix. We also buy some raw french bread dough from the bakery & fry up beignets with that.... they're delicious!
post #10 of 24
Ohhh I have had them, they are Heavenly!!
post #11 of 24
I absolutely loooove beignets! Share - please!
post #12 of 24
hey, how can you go wrong with deep-fried dough covered in powdered sugar? i mean, really! but are you having coffee with chicory to go with? IMO, you need that for the 'Cafe du Monde" experience!
post #13 of 24
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OMG! They turned out sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!! I was soo happy! My first attempt turned out awesome I am making some more for tomorrow! Colin and I are going to bring beignets to my sister kimmy's house tomorrow and have breakfast with my family over there I think they'll be a hit! My family's never had them before so i hope they like them They turned out sooooo well though! If anyone wants the recipe i used, just let me know
post #14 of 24
Sweet! I was hoping you'd make them before I went to bed. Can I have two?
post #15 of 24
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Sweet! I was hoping you'd make them before I went to bed. Can I have two?
Sending some your way and to all of the other benignet fans out there
post #16 of 24
Man, these things are good with chocolate milk.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Man, these things are good with chocolate milk.
They're spectacular with Cafe o' lait!!!
post #18 of 24
Sounds good!
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
Sounds good!
they were i had 3 little ones this morning shall i send some your way
post #20 of 24
they sound good. send some my way please! I am so hungry and about to have some popcorn or peanut butter and jelly on toast. I don't know what I want.
post #21 of 24
I love beignets...and I made sure to go to Cafe Du Monde during the time I lived in and near New Orleans (back in the late 70's). Maybe I should give this recipe a try for a special occasion sometime soon
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
I love beignets...and I made sure to go to Cafe Du Monde during the time I lived in and near New Orleans (back in the late 70's). Maybe I should give this recipe a try for a special occasion sometime soon
Definitely give it a try- it's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!! I kinda blended the recipe i pulled up with the beignet tips from the cafe du monde site. here's what i did...it turned out really well:

Ingredients
1 cup milk (i used my Lactaid Fat Free milk since i'm lactose intolerant)
2 tablespoons butter (land o lakes creamy margine is divine in this recipe)
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 cups flour
1 package yeast (i used dry active yeast)
corn oil for frying *you could also use vegetable or cottonseed oil!*

Directions
In a saucepan, heat milk over low heat. Add butter, sugar, and salt; stir well and cool until lukewarm; stir in egg. In a large bowl, mix together half of the flour and yeast. Add milk mixture; beat for 5 minutes. Gradually add remaining flour. ( i beat mine by hand) Form a ball with the dough; place in a greased ( I used PAM buttery spray to grease a large green plastic bowl) bowl, turn dough to coat. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. (I let mine chill overnight so that they were ready for breakfast in the morning- it rose really well ) Then i poured some flour on a cutting board ( i use plastic ones -they are easier to clean and harder to contaminate) I rolled the dough out and then used a pizza cutter to slice it into 2 inch squares. (when you do this- you're going to have little strips of dough sticking out- do NOT try to mix them in with the beignets you have already cut out- instead, save the scraps and then for your last beignet- roll them together and then fry it up into one beignet. Otherwise, it'll look like you have "twigs" hanging out all over your beignets.) I used a good amount of flour when rolling out the dough to keep it from sticking to things I used 1/2 corn oil and 1/2 vegetable oil ( i ran out of corn oil) - the cafe du monde site recommends cottonseed oil- so next time, i will try that (i just used what i had today) and heated it until about 370 degrees (try medium heat. stick a wooden spoon into the middle of the pot- when you see little bubbles start to form around it- the oil is hot enough to fry them). Remember- only put 3 or 4 at a time into the pot- each time you add dough- the temperature of the oil drops....so you want to keep it a steady temperature. I put the beignet strips on the wooden spoon one by one and let it slide slowly into the oil (that way i didn't burn myself or make them splash oil everywhere) Let them fry *rotating sides* until they're golden brown- it doesn't take long! Then set them out to drain. I set out a cookie tray....and put wax paper on top of it then a few papertowels on top of that so they could drain- works like a charm!. After you've done that- put powdered sugar in a little bowl and roll them in it. *it helps if you have two people- one frying the beignets and one rolling them in powdered sugar* Once you cook them- keep them in an air tight container if you can't eat them all at once so they won't go bad. If you want to reheat them- do not put them in the microwave- instead heat them up in the toaster oven or the conventional oven
post #23 of 24
Thank you!!
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
Thank you!!
No problem!!! I found it's cheaper to make the homemade ones than it is to buy the Cafe du Monde beignet mix.....plus, when it's homemade- i can watch what i add (like the lactiad milk for me) The only thing i had to buy from the store was the yeast. The rest i had at home, so it was really reasonable and easy to fix I hope you like the recipe
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