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Beignet Recipe Cafe Du Monde Copycat Beignets

Beignet Recipe, simple beignet recipe for Mardi Gras that copycat Cafe Du Monde New Orleans style fried doughnut - perfection!

What You Need
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Nonstick spray
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Green purple, yellow food color
Instructions
  1. Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, beat the eggs, salt and evaporated milk together. Mix egg mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure out the bread flour. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  3. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours. Can refrigerate at this point or proceed with recipe.
  4. Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
  5. Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 3-inch squares. Deep-fry, flipping constantly, until they become a golden color. After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels.
  6. While the dough is frying, mix each color of food dye into 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  7. Using a mesh sieve, sprinkle each color of colored powdered sugar over the beignets while still hot.