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New Orleans Beignets
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New Orleans Beignets

In New Orleans, beignets are a fried yeasted dough served with confectioners’ sugar on top. They are traditionally prepared right before they’re served to be eaten fresh and hot. They were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists, and made famous by the Café du Monde.
Prep Time2 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time31 mins
Total Time3 hrs 11 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Southern
Servings: 12
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Chula King


  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg about 2 ounces, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3-½ cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling on Beignets


  • Add water, milk, vanilla extract, unsalted butter, egg, sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast in that order to pan of bread machine. Start machine on dough cycle. When kneading is complete, remove dough from bread machine pan, place in oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate over night. The next day, remove dough from the refrigerator 1 hour before wanting to roll it out.
  • Preheat oil to 360° F.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll dough out to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch x 3-inch rectangles. Deep fry, flipping constantly until golden brown (about 1 minute). Drain Beignets on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve immediately. Yield: 3 dozen Beignets.


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.3mg