Sweet Beignets

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
about 2 dozen
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Corn oil, for frying, or another oil with high smoke point, such as safflower or peanut
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, for serving
Directions
  • Fill a large, heavy-bottomed, wide-mouthed pot halfway with corn oil and heat over a medium-high flame until oil reaches a temperature of 360 degrees F.

  • While the oil is heating, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl whisk together sugar and eggs. Stir canola oil and milk into sugar-egg mixture. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture until a biscuit-like dough forms.

  • Lightly flour a work surface and turn out the dough. Sprinkle dough lightly with flour and, using a rolling pin, gently roll the dough out to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Using a sharp knife or dough scraper, cut into 2-inch squares. You will have scraps leftover but do not try to remix these as that will cause tough dough; just fry as are.

  • Use the dough scraper to lift dough squares off the work surface. Fry the beignets in small batches about 4 minutes, or until golden, turning several times to color evenly. Using a slotted spoon gently remove the beignets and drain thoroughly on paper towels. Place powdered sugar in a sieve and shake over the beignets to cover with powdered sugar and serve immediately.


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