Beignets with Rosemary Caramel and Local Honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 large eggs
- 1 egg white
- Powdered sugar, for serving
- 1/4 cup local honey, or any good quality honey
- Rosemary Caramel:
- 2 (6-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (recommended: Karo)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced into pieces
Beignets: In a medium pot, add the first 5 ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. At this point, add in the flour and stir vigorously with a spoon. Continue to cook until the dough becomes a solid mass and begins to pull away from the sides of the pot, about 3 to 5 minutes. Switch off the heat, mix in the vanilla extract and add in the eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating each egg before adding in the next. (Chef's Note: Work quickly or else the eggs will curdle.)
The resulting pastry should be flexible and soft, but firm enough to hold its shape. Set it aside covered with plastic for 5 minutes. When ready to make the pastries, fill a deep skillet or deep-fryer 2/3 full of oil and heat it to 300 to 325 degrees F. Form the dough into doughnut hole shapes. Fry the beignets, in batches, until golden brown, about 3 to 6 minutes being sure not crowd them. Remove them from the oil to a cooling rack.
Caramel: Put the rosemary and water into a small pot and simmer over medium heat until the rosemary is limp, about 3 to 6 minutes. Strain the liquid, discarding the rosemary, and pour it back into the pot. (Chef's Note: If this liquid is not 1/4 cup exactly, add water.) Add in the sugar and corn syrup. Bring the ingredients to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the syrup thickens. Stir in the heavy cream and butter and switch off the heat. Pour into a serving bowl and reserve for the beignets.
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Recipe courtesy Alexis Hernandez