February 21, 2012
Deep in the heart of the French Quarter in a city called New Orleans lies a little, unknown (err... okay... well-known) cafe that serves the best possible breakfast anyone could imagine.   Beloved CafĂ© Du Monde captured my beignet-loving heart as a little girl and hasn't let go.  There's very little that could make anyone happier than a paper sack full of sugar-coated-fried-dough and I don't even want to look you in the face if you can't agree with that.  If you haven't had beignets before, they're similar to the Italian zeppole except for the fact that they're better.  Many moons better. 
So come on y'all.  They don't call today Fat Tuesday for nothin'.  Slap on your sweatpants and get to munching.  As far as Mardi Gras is concerned, I think beignets are the only way to party.

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening
1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup confectioners' sugar, in a paper bag

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for at least an hour (or up to 24 hours.)
  2. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.
  3. Fry in 360 degree F hot oil, carefully monitoring the temperature. Drain onto paper towels. 
  4. Place several Beignets at a time in the paper bag with confectioners' sugar and shake until well-coated.
  5. Serve warm with coffee. 


london bakes said...

Gorgeous pictures Jess, they look so light and fluffy. I could devour a whole bag right now.

Julie @ Table for Two said...

I had the pleasure of having an authentic beignet from cafe du monde a couple years ago and my gosh, it's everything I ever dreamed of. I seriously love fried dough. Yours looks amazing and I think I'm going to make some :)

Jen said...

What I wouldn't give for one of these with my coffee. Delicious!

Happy Fat Tuesday.

: ))

spiceblogger said...

Love. :)
I was just at Cafe du Monde this past weekend while celebrating!

Happy Mardi Gras! :))))

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

That is putting my bananas and peanut butter breakfast to shame. Looks so good!

Tip Top Shape said...

I love Cafe du Monde coffee! My brother brought me back some when he went to New Orleans and I am obsessed. Thank God they sell it at Whole Foods! And I actually just had my first beignet this weekend. Oh my word--I don't know how I lived so long without them!

Happy Fat Tuesday!

jacquelyn | lark&linen said...

These look unbelievable! Kind of makes my bowl of cheerios look super lame...

onceuponarecipe said...

Oh me oh my, these look dangerous! I am terrified of frying things and have consequently never made anything fried, but I am so tempted to try these!

Dana Gastelum said...

These look sooo good! I really wish I was in New Orleans today to celebrate with beignets! :)

Krystal Regueiro said...

I want these in my belly. NOOOOWWWWWWW!!!

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