This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. As a reminder while preparing this recipe, please supervise children who are helping or nearby.
- 1/2 Teaspoon dry yeast
- 1/4 Cup warm water (105 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 1/4 Cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Cup heavy cream
- 1 egg
- 4 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Cup boiling water
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Powdered sugar
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for five minutes.
Combine sugar, shortening, salt, heavy cream, egg, flour and boiling water in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture. With the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
Roll to 1/4-inch thickness and cut individual beignets with a Mickey Mouse-shaped cutter or cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size in a warm, draft-free area, about 60 to 90 minutes.
Using caution, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden brown, about two to three minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain. Dust warm beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.