Beignets

Since my toddler tea party earlier I’ve been thinking about those tasty beignets that had my mouth-watering watching the process on the food network. So, I went searching for a good recipe. The Joy of Cooking is always a great go-to for info, education & recipes. Apparently beignets are popular in New Orleans! They are served up with chicory-flavored coffee according to The Joy of Cooking. There are also wonderful recipes for homemade pancakes and waffles of various kinds that have turned out quite well for me in the past in this broad collection of recipes.

Beignets

Combine in medium saucepan and bring to a steady boil-

1/2 cup water

4 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 Tbs. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

Add all at once-

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Stir vigorously, without stopping, over medium heat until mixture comes together and takes on a shine. Continue to cook, stir constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat, you will notice the  flour has formed a light crust on the bottom of the pan. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Add, one at a time, beating on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl-

4 large eggs

Mixture is smooth, shiny, and fold over on itself in a ribbon when beater lifted. Beat in-

2 tsp. vanilla

Immediately drop the dough, a scant tablespoon at a time, into deep fat heated to 365 degrees F. Fry 4 or 5 beignets at a time until puffed and golden on both sides. Drain well on paper towels and dust with-

powdered sugar

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