Beignets french market doughnuts
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Beignets french market doughnuts
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:08:18 AM. Recipe ID 34725. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Beignets french market doughnuts
 Categories: Cajun, Brunch
      Yield: 4 Servings
      1 pk Active dry yeast
  1 1/2 c  Warm water (100-115 degrees
    1/2 c  Sugar
      1 ts Salt
      2 lg Eggs
      1 c  Evaporated milk
      7 c  Flour
    1/4 c  Vegetable shortening
           Oil for deep frying
           Confectioner's sugar for
           -dusting (or burying,
           -depending on taste)
  Put the warm water into a large bowl, then sprinkle in the yeast and a
  couple teaspoons of the sugar and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Let
  proof for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the sugar, salt, eggs, and
  evaporated milk. Gradually stir in 4 cups of the flour and beat with
  a wooden spoon until smooth and thoroughly blended. Beat in the
  shortening, then add the remaining flour, about 1/3 cup at a time,
  beating it in with a spoon until it becomes too stiff to stir, then
  working in the rest with your hands. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap
  and refrigerate overnight in a greased bowl.
  Roll the dough out onto a floured board or marble pastry surface to a
  thickness of 1/8 inch, then cut it into rectangles 2-1/2 inches by
  3-1/2 inches with a sharp knife. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 360
  degrees F. Fry the beignets about 3 or 4 at a time until they are
  puffed out and golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per
  batch. Turn them over in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them
  evenly brown, since they rise to the surface of the oil as soon as
  they begin to puff out. Drain each batch, place on a platter lined
  with several layers of paper towels, and keep warm in a 200 degree F
  oven until they're all done. Pronounced "ben-YAYS", these are the
  rectangular doughnuts (no holes) served fresh and hot around the
  clock at Cafe du Monde in the French Market. (Another former French
  Market coffeehouse, Morning Call, moved to ... Metairie. Ugh.) When
  you hear people talking about "goin' fo' coffee an' doughnuts", this
  is what they mean. Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a
  week, and is usually quite busy at all hours.
  These aren't terribly difficult to prepare at home. Even though
  there's a CDM Beignet Mix (just add water, and it's as "easy as
  un-deux-trois-quatre", as the box says), it's not available out of New
  Orleans, and making this from scratch is fun. The yeast dough must be
  prepared in advance and refrigerated overnight. It seems that for home
  preparation the dough works better in the large quantity given here,
  enough for about 5 dozen beignets. Don't worry, though ... the dough
  keeps well under refrigeration for about a week. Just cut off some
  dough when you want to make beignets -- roll it out, cut it up, and
  fry for about 3 minutes per batch. Don't forget the powdered sugar,
  lots of it. Or, just invite enough people over to eat all 5 dozen.
  Serve, of course, with piping hot cafe au lait made with Community
  Serve 3 beignets per person, sprinkling heavily with powdered sugar,
  and serve hot with cafe au lait.
  Typos By Jim Kirk - by

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Recipe ID 34725 (Apr 03, 2005)

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