This one’s an easy one cause I cheated. You’ll understand why I cheated in a second. I moved from New Orleans when I was 8, I have a few cherished memories from my hometown. One of the moon rising and me sitting on brown rusty colored lincoln that we had watching this big gigantic moon (the one from E.T when he bikes across the sky) rising. Another driving those little plastic bikes at kindercare out in the backyard, feeling like Angelica from Rugrats basically owning the world through the pedals of my plastic bike, and fyi my kindercare was cooler than others solely because it was dome shaped. Getting candy from Daddy every day cause he worked right across from Kindercare. One of my favorite memories that I still can and do re-enact is getting my favorite treat of all time Beignets from Cafe Du Monde. Beignets are a french doughnut that are pillowy in texture and absolutely melt in your mouth. There’s a rush when you bury yourself in a mountain of powdered sugar and then get it all over your clothes (it’s ok, ruining your clothes doesn’t matter till you’re out of beignets). How did I cheat? I got myself a box of Cafe Du Monde beignet mix which was probably the best thing that could happen to me cause I got a little bit of home away from home besides discovering World Market of course (possibly the best store EVER). If there’s no world market near you, you can purchase the box here….trust me you will not be disappointed!
- 2 1/3 cup mix
- 1 cup water
- vegetable oil to fry
- Generous amount of powdered sugar
Heat a fry pan with vegetable oil on medium high heat. The instructions say to get it to a certain degree. I don’t measure the temperature cause I don’t have a tool to do that and even if I did I wouldn’t…call me lazy, call me overconfident, haha.
Mix the water and beignet mix together. If the dough is too sticky you can add in some more mix to stiffen up the dough. If you ran out of extra mix (oh because you made this a couple hundred times) and your dough is too watery then you can use all purpose flour to stiffen up your dough or in a brown household we have an abundance of whole wheat flour, you can use that too (side note, we have an abundance of all purpose flour cause I like the deals at Costco). Roll out dough with a rolling pin into 1/8 in. thick 8×10 rectangle. Cut out 3×3 in. squares or rectangles close to that size. Add beignets to the fry pan and fry till they come up to the surface, about 10 seconds per side. Do NOT over fry them because the texture will be rubbery. Take out of pan and dust with piles and piles of powdered sugar!
Note: These turn rubbery in texture once they get cold, serve them hot or warm!