Best Beignets Recipe is a light, fluffy French doughnut that are cut into squares and puffed up when fried in oil and then end by sprinkling with powdered sugar or dipped in chocolate syrup. The best pillowy-soft and fluffy breakfast to wake up to!
Easy to Make Beignets Recipe
These popular mini beignets are pillow-y soft and fluffy gems that are found in New Orleans especially during Mardi Gras. I love how cute and mini they are plus simple to make. Beignets are homemade and made from scratch. First making the beignet dough then frying it in oil. Once cooled off we like to sprinkle powdered sugar over top and dip them in chocolate syrup dipping sauce.
Beignets are a smaller version of a donut. The inside of the beignets are a little more puffy with a soft middle. These beignets are SO delicious and won’t last long. If I could make these everyday, I totally would! They are light and fluffy and just melt in your mouth. They do take a little bit longer to make because the dough does need to rise, but they are worth the wait.
What is a Beignet?
Beignets are a French pastry known as an English fritter. They are a pastry made from deep-fried dough that are cut into square shaped pieces. Then sprinkled generously with powdered sugar. It is best to serve them hot and are usually paired with a warm drink. These are known to be a breakfast or a dessert.
What is the Difference between Beignet and a Doughnut?
Both beignet and doughnuts have a lot in common but a few things that keep them apart. Beignets are a French doughnut that is made up with yeast, sweetened dough, squared cuts and then fried. Then dusted with powdered sugar. They are known to be light, airy like and pillowy pastries. Whereas a doughnuts are different by shape and texture. Doughnuts contain more eggs compared to beignets that leave them having more air pockets in them. Both are delicious and taste amazing with their differences.
The ingredients are simple to make these beignets recipe. It is best to have fresh ingredients, especially the active dry yeast. This will help the dough rise properly and keep the beignet dough fluffy when fried. These are best made right away and are served hot or warm. Any kind of dipping sauce or syrup is delicious for these beignets.
- Water: Lukewarm water is best to help activate the yeast.
- Active Dry Yeast: Make sure your yeast has not expired and it is active.
- Sugar: This will help activate your yeast but it also gives the beignets a sweeter taste.
- Egg: Large egg is preferable and beaten. An egg will help bind the dough together.
- Evaporated Milk: Thick, rich and creamy milk for your beignets to become that pillow soft and doughy inside.
- Flour: I found that bread flour works the best but all purpose flout will work too.
- Salt: Just a pinch!
- Vegetable Oil: For Deep-Frying the mini beignets.
- Powdered Sugar: Sprinkle over top the beignets once they are fried.
- Chocolate Syrup: Dipping the delicious beignets in.
How to Make Beignets:
You can’t go wrong with this recipe! It is easy to make with a few steps that are time consuming. Don’t let that hold you back though! They are worth every minute of waiting for the dough to rise. Once the dough rises it only takes a few minutes to deep fry the beignets in oil. These are best served hot and with powdered sugar over top to sweeten the beignets.
- Activate the yeast: In a large bowl add the warm water and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes until it starts to proof.
- Whisk together: In another bowl whisk together the sugar, eggs, and evaporated milk. Whisk the egg mixture into the yeast mixture.
- Mix until it becomes dough: In a separate bowl add the flour and salt. Add the flour mixture one cup at a time to the yeast mixture until the dough starts to come together.
- Knead the beignets dough: Remove the dough from the bowl and lightly flour your surface. Knead until the dough becomes smooth and shape into a ball. Add it back to the bowl and cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled 1-2 hours.
- Fry the beignets: Preheat oil in the deep fryer to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into a large rectangle and cut into 2 inch squares. Carefully drop each square into the oil and let it get golden brown on each side 1-2 minutes. Remove with a metal spider strainer. Let the beignets cool and toss in powdered sugar. Serve with chocolate or caramel sauce if desired.
Dipping Sauce for Mini Beginets:
Choose your favorite dipping sauces for the square pastries. My favorite is chocolate syrup or my homemade salted caramel syrup.
- Raspberry Sauce
- Strawberry Syrup
- Peanut Butter warmed up
Tips For Making The Best Beignets
- Lukewarm water: The water should be between 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit for lukewarm water. If the water is too hot it will essentially kill the yeast and if it is too cold the dough won’t properly rise. It is best to have it lukewarm for the beignets to rise.
- Test your yeast: If the yeast did not start to froth up after dissolving the yeast into the lukewarm water, it is best not to continue with the dough. Unfortunately, your dough will not rise since the yeast was not active.
- Instant or Rapid Rise Yeast: Instead of using active dry yeast, instant or rapid-rise yeast will also work. This will eliminate dissolving the yeast in the lukewarm water. Skip the step and mix the yeast directly into the dough.
- Raising the dough quicker: To speed up the dough rising process, turn your oven on to the lowest degree, usually about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Either leave the beignets dough on top of the oven and let rise or turn off the oven and place the beignet dough into the oven and the dough will rise quickly.
- Double the recipe: When planning to make these for a crowd, this beignets recipe can be doubled.
- Hot oil: Make sure your oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the mini beignets dough in the oil. Always try one first to make sure. These beignets will fry quickly 1 to 2 minutes per side if the oil is hot.
- Candy thermometer: If you have a candy thermometer on hand this is best to use to know your oil is hot enough while frying the beignets.
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