Wednesday, April 9, 2008


For the shower ladies that were smitten, I got this off of Papa Mojo's website.

Beignets (Makes 2-3 dozen)
½ cup warm water
1 pkg. yeast
¼ sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg beaten, at room temperature
1 can evaporated milk
3 cups flour, sifted
1 Tbsp. shortening

Put warm water in a bowl, sprinkle in yeast and stir until dissolved. Add all remaining ingredients except flour and shortening and mix well. Add 1/2 the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cut in shortening and then add the other 1/2 of the flour, about 1/3 cup at a time. If it gets stiff, add the rest with your fingers. Cover in a bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To serve:
Roll the dough on a floured board to 1/8" thick. Cut into rectangles approx. 2"x3". Let pieces sit for 10-12 minutes before frying. Fry in 350º oil until puffed and golden, about 2-3 minutes per batch. Turn the beignets as they puff in the oil. Drain on lined paper plates and sprinkle heavily with confectioner's sugar.

Looks pretty simple. I hate waiting overnight for things because there's usually a sense of urgency when I decide to bake or cook, but it's usually worth the wait!

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