Cherry Chocolate Beignets with Vanilla Stewed Cherries

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 cups cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 -ounce vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 ounces dried cherries
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • Cocoa-Sugar Dusting, recipe follows
Directions

Split the vanilla bean in half and with a back of a paring knife scrape the inside of its seeds. In a medium saucepan, add the 4 cups of cherries, red wine, 1/2 cup sugar and the vanilla bean and it's seeds. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, remove vanilla bean. Keep stewed cherries warm.

To make Cherry Chocolate Beinets. In a large saucepan, heat up the oil for frying to 360 degrees F. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, set aside. In another medium bowl whisk eggs with oil, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and milk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, stir in melted chocolate and dried cherries. Roll 2 tablespoons of batter into balls. Fry each side for 1 minute. Transfer beinets to a rack.

To serve, place about 1/3 cup of the poached cherries with liquid in a soup bowl. Place 2 to 3 beinets on top and garnish with cocoa-sugar dusting.

Option: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top

Cocoa-Sugar Dusting:

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

In a small bowl combine cocoa powder and sugar.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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