Beignets

Total Time:
3 hr 40 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
24 beignets
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for dusting
  • 1/8 cup vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
  • 8 cups peanut oil
  • Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling
Directions
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Stir to dissolve. Add the sugar, salt, eggs and evaporated milk. Beat until blended. Add 2 cups of the flour by big spoonfuls. Beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then beat in the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

  • In a large electric fryer, preheat the oil to 360 degrees F.

  • Roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured work surface. Cut the dough into 2 1/2-inch squares.

  • In batches of 8, fry the squares in the hot oil until lightly browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle heavily with confectioners' sugar.

  • Special equipment: a large electric fryer


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