The last time I visited New Orleans was about 20 years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a clue about beignets. Beignets will certainly be the motive for my next visit. I’ve made these about 6 times and they’ve come out perfectly every single time. You may think I have nothing to compare it to since I’ve never had a New Orleans Beignet but believe me that these are delicious!
I enjoyed every single bite. They’re like pillows with powdered sugar. They’re made with evaporated milk and they’re fried. Can’t go wrong.
Just look at the inside. I apologize for the blurry photo, I took a screenshot from my video hehe.
- 2 tsp dry active yeast
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 5 1/2 cups bread flour
- Powdered Sugar to Taste
In a large bowl, dissolve the dry active yeast in warm water. Add a tsp of sugar and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes
In a separate bowl, add the condensed milk, eggs, and remaining sugar and mix.
Add the wet ingredients to the yeast mixture and give it a whisk.
Add half of the bread flour and the shortening and mix
Add the remaining flour and mix until well incorporated
Beat until nice and smooth, you want a soft, slightly sticky ball of dough
Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top, cover and let it rise in a warm place for 2 hours
Punch dough down, Turn onto a floured surface, roll the dough out with your floured rolling pin and then cut into small squares or rectangles.
Fry in vegetable oil for about 2-3 minutes on each side
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!