How to make Tiana's Beignets!

O.M.G - these are as tasty as they look and pretty easy to make too!
I first came across beignets watching Princess and the Frog (one of my favourite Disney films) and I had no idea what they were! They are Tiana's speciality and I just had to find out how to make them! 
Beignets are sweet, deep fried pastry normally coated in icing sugar, I fancied trying a few different topping ideas!



Classic icing sugar mmmmmm
100's and 1000's! Woo!
And my personal favourite - dark chocolate with freeze dried raspberries! WARMING - these are addictive! 
What you'll need (in order of use):
1 envelope of active dried yeast
1/2 cup of warm water
1 tsp of granulated sugar
1 cup of evaporated milk
2 large eggs (slightly beaten)
1 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of butter
4 cups of flour
I got to use my measuring cups - am I sad that this excited me?
Combine 1 (1/4 oz.) envelope of active dry yeast, 1⁄2 cup warm water (105º to 115º), and 1 tsp. granulated sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. 
Add 1 cup evaporated milk, 2 large eggs (slightly beaten), 1 tsp. of salt, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
Microwave 1 cup water until hot (about 115°); stir in 1/4 cup of shortening until melted.
Add to yeast mixture. Beat at low speed, gradually adding 4 cups flour, until smooth. Gradually add 2 1⁄2 to 3 cups more flour, beating until a sticky dough forms.
Transfer to a lightly greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
I left mine for 3 hours and it was huge! 
Turn dough out onto a floured surface; roll to 1⁄4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1⁄2-inch squares.
Pour a generous amount of oil into a pan and let it get hot, really hot and be careful! 
I always pop a little bit of dough in to see if its ready.  
Use 2 folks to turn the beignets while they fry, it will help you have control of them and keep your hands away from the hot oil. 
As soon as the oil is ready you can fry 3 at a time, watch out, they cook really quick, mine took about 30 seconds on each side. 
When a beignet is ready it puffs up and is all fluffy inside mmmmmm
As soon as they are out of the pan flip them in some icing sugar, ooooo!
And there you have it! Yummy beignets just like Tiana would make them!
For a little extra Disney magic sprinkle on some edible glitter! So cute!
I like to think of these as Birthday Beignets! They are like a little yummy mouthful of birthday cake!
And my personal favourite beignets dipped in dark chocolate sprinkled with freeze dried raspberries! Soooo gorgeous and wickedly moreish! I'm going to make some of these for a dinner party.
I hope you enjoy making some of your own! Writing this post has made mess hungry I'm going to make some more! 

Comments

  1. These look so yummy Laura! Thank you for haring the recipe, I need to give these a go! And btw that edible glitter is amazing xxx

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  2. These look amazing! Beignets used to be one of my favorite things in NOLA but I'm now gluten free. I'm definitely tempted to see how your recipe translates!

    xx Lorelai
    Seams Unbiased

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