Warm Beignets with Powdered Sugar Recipe


Cal/Serving: 456
Daily Value: 23%
Servings: 6

Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A228IU5%
Vitamin C0mg0%
Thiamin (B1)1mg40%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg23%
Niacin (B3)4mg19%
Vitamin B60mg3%
Folic Acid (B9)143µg36%
Vitamin B120µg3%
Vitamin D1µg0%
Vitamin E3mg15%
Vitamin K11µg14%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated11g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated5g0%
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Warm Beignets with Powdered Sugar
Paige Green

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


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.

Recipe Details

Adapted from "Cooking My Way Back Home" by Mitchell Rosenthal (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

Servings: 6
Cuisine: Dessert

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