When it came time to pick a recipe to represent Tiana there was NO question I was making Beignet’s! This goes right along with my Disney Copycat recipes. Ever since I first watched Princess and the frog I was dying to try authentic New Orleans Beignets. So when I went to Disneyland this year my daughter and I hit up the Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Kitchen and shared a bag… EVERY DAY. SO good.
I’ve tried a few different recipes trying to really get these right, and on man was it worth it! I actually made these the night before (okay, 2 am the morning of) the party and MAN were they good fresh.
I feel kind of bad that the party guests didn’t get them until a few hours later (but couldn’t figure out how to make fresh beignet’s at the park). I have a feeling these are going to be a new breakfast treat for us on a regular basis!
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 C warm water
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 C evaporated milk
- 6 1/2 C bread flour
- 1/4 C shortening
- 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
- Powdered sugar
- In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Let it proof for 5 minutes.
- In your mixer (using your whisks) combine the eggs, evaporated milk and salt, beat until combined.
- With the mixer on low, add in the yeast mixture to the egg mixture.
- Still mixing on low add in 2 C of the bread flour..
- Add the shortening in and continue to mix
- Switch to your dough hook then add the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour.
- If you have a bosch keem mixing the dough on med until smooth (if you don't then you can hand knead).
- Grease a bowl and place the dough inside, cover with a damp towel, set the bowl in a warm area and let it rise for 2 hours, it should double in size.
- Sprinkle your counter with a ton of flour, the dough wil be crazy sticky. Place the dough on top , sprinkle more flour on top and roll out the dough to 1/4? thick. (don't knead in the flour, just use it to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin)
- Slice into 2? squares with a pizza cutter.
- Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven until the temperature reaches 350 degrees.
- Then place a few dough squares at a time in the hot oil and watch the magic happen! It's AWESOME
- Turn them at least once so they don’t burn on one side. Cook about 1 1/2-2 mins on each side
- When you remove them, place them on a cooling rack over a papper towel/newspaper
- Dust with a light layer (or heavy layer) of powdered sugar
- Serve warm!
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