This time of year I have to post a recipe that reminds me of home. See I grew up 90 minutes from New Orleans. This influenced our life and the things we ate. Every year around Mardi Gras I get a little home sick for something from that area….this year my choice to share with you is my version of beignets. Oh, what I would not give to be sitting at Cafe du Monde with a plate full and a cafe’ au lait.
My version is easy to make. I make my dough in the bread machine. Dump everything in and come back 2 hours later ready to roll out and eat. You can make them up and place rolled out beignets in the fridge for later. Make them the night before and serve them for breakfast…wow your family will love you. I would!
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
Peanut oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting, 2 to 3 cups
Place ingredients in bread machine. I place wet in first milk, buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Then dry salt, flour, sugar and yeast. Turn on and let run the complete dough setting. Place on a floured surface and roll out in a square and cut into rectangles. Cut with a pizza cutter. Cover and let rest for about 30 minutes. You can place in the refrigerator and save for later at this point…like in the morning or for a dinner party and fry up at the last minute.
Fry at 360 in peanut oil. Place in the oil once it is hot and turn over again and again remove to paper towels to drain, then coat in powdered sugar eat while hot…..yummmmmm
They are light and fluffy and oh so good!
I think you will love this recipe…try it and let me know what cha think?
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Hope you enjoy a taste from home,