Warm Beignets with Powdered Sugar Recipe

Warm Beignets with Powdered Sugar
Paige Green

Ingredients

  • 1/2  plus 1 tablespoon water, at 110 degrees
  • packet active dry yeast
  • 1/3  granulated sugar
  • 2 3/4  all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • large egg yolks
  • 1/3  plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 3/4  ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4  salt
  • 1/8  baking powder
  • unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the bowl
  •   Canola oil, for deep-frying
  •   Powdered sugar, for dusting

It’s no surprise that the Town Hall menu, with its many nods south to New Orleans, includes that Café du Monde classic, beignets. Serve them with a strong cup of coffee and pretend you’re on Decatur Street.

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Directions

Place the warm water in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, sprinkle the yeast on top, and whisk to dissolve. Add a pinch of the granulated sugar and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the remaining sugar, flour, egg yolks, milk, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder. Mix on low speed just until the dough comes together, about 30 seconds. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until the butter is completely incorporated, about 2 minutes.

Increase the speed to high and mix until the dough is smooth and shiny, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, about 2 minutes. Butter a large bowl. Gather up the dough and form it into a loose ball (it will be sticky). Place it in the buttered bowl, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and place in a warm spot until the dough rises to 1 ½ times its original size, about 1 ½ hours.

Lightly flour your work surface. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto the surface. Roll it out into an 8-by-2-inch rectangle about ¼-inch thick. Cut into twenty-four 2-inch squares and let rest for 10 minutes before frying.

Heat 3-3 ½ inches oil in a deep-fryer or deep, heavy-bottomed pot to 370 degrees. Working in batches, add the dough squares and fry until golden, turning once, about 1 minute on each side. Using a wire skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer the beignets to paper towels to drain briefly. Dust the beignets generously with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

48 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

2%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 4g 6%
  • Carbs 3g 1%
  • Saturated 1g 4%
  • Fiber 0g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 3%
  • Cholesterol 62mg 21%
  • Sodium 66mg 3%
  • Calcium 69mg 7%
  • Magnesium 3mg 1%
  • Potassium 24mg 1%
  • Iron 0mg 2%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 110mg 16%
  • Vitamin A 23µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 5%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 37µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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