For several years now New Orleans has been high on my list of destinations I want to visit. And somehow, it didn't happen... yet :)
Since I do not see myself traveling anywhere in the near future, I decided to bring some of New Orleans to me - I made beignets. And it turned out perfect.
What exactly is beignets? square shaped pieces of dough, deep fried and generously sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Great with coffee, great without coffee, with cream, without cream, with jams and without jams.
I'm telling in advance - it's possible you'll get addicted. It's absolutely delicious!
650g of flour
10g of dry yeast
200ml of lukewarm water
75g of sugar + one tablespoon
3 tablespoons of heavy cream
30g of melted butter
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt
In the mixer bowl, mix the yeast together with the water and a tablespoon of sugar. Let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
In another bowl beat the egg and yolk, then mix it together with the cream, milk, melted butter and sugar.
Add the mixture to the mixer bowl and mix it with the water and yeast.
Add a pinch of salt and the flour, and start kneading in the mixer with a kneading hook on low speed.
After the flour is incorporated, increase the speed a little bit and knead it for 5-6 more minutes until the dough separates from the sides of the bowl.
Cover the bowl with a cloth and let it rise at room temperature for an hour or two, until the dough doubled in size.
After the dough has risen, sprinkle flour on your work surface, transfer the dough there and roll it out using a rolling pin.
In a pot heat vegetable oil for deep frying.
Cut the dough into small squares using a pizza cutter, or a sharp knife.
Check that the oil is hot enough - throw a small piece of dough inside. If it bubbling around the dough and it floats to the top within seconds, the oil is hot enough.
Transfer the squares of dough to the hot oil, they will immediately float to the top and swell.
Fry until golden on both sides.
Transfer to a tray with absorbent paper and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
(You can see the preparation steps on my Instagram highlights)