Tiana’s Beignet Recipe

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday! What better way to kick off Mardi Gras than with a delicious beignet from the queen of New Orleans herself?

Ingredients

• 2 3/4 cups flour

• 1/3 cup sugar

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1 cup buttermilk

• 1/3 cup water

• 1 egg, beaten

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Vegetable oil, for frying

• Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 3/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture from Step 1.

3. Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface. Place the dough on it and pat it into a large 1/2 -inch-thick square. Dust the top with more flour if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 -inch squares.

4. Now it’s time to fry the beignets—be sure to ask an adult to help you! Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stove top until the temperature reaches 325° on a deep fat thermometer. Check the temperature with a cooking thermometer every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down, or off.

5. Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time into the hot oil. Fry them for 3 minutes, turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioners’ sugar, and enjoy!

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Servings: Makes 14 to 16

• Serving size: 1 beignet

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