Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cafe du What?

No Cafe du Monde for us on our trip to New Orleans. After fighting the crowds to get a table and waiting for more than half an hour and still no one had taken our order, the husband had enough and decided we did not need beignets that much. After dragging our kids out of the establishment in tears he promised to make us some.

Promise fulfilled

After a few tries to get the right size, he got them right and they turned out fantastic! Here is the recipe he used:

1 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, room temperature and beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup evaporated milk
4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
Vegetable oil*
Powdered sugar for dusting

* Use just enough vegetable oil to completely cover beignets while frying.

Using a mixer with a dough hook, place water, sugar, salt, egg, butter, evaporated milk, flour, and yeast in the bowl. Beat until smooth. If using a bread machine, select dough setting and press Start. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface. form dough into an oval, place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled (3 to 4 hours) or overnight. To prepare dough, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares or circles. In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil to 360 degrees F. Fry the beignets (2 or 3 at a time) 2 to 3 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown; beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff.

NOTE: If the beignets don't rise to the top immediately when dropped into the oil, the oil is not hot enough. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels, then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

The dough can be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator - it actually improves with age; just punch down when it rises. Dough can also be frozen; cut and rolled, or you can shape the doughnuts before freezing.)

No tears here... Only smiles


  1. Good man! I refuse to wait on line for food-especially if I can do better at home. Lovely pics.:-)

  2. Cafe du Monde can shove it - I make better beignets, and my customer service rocks!


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