Beignets, the delightful French doughnut and New Orleans favorite, are light, puffy, and best served fresh and hot. Made with buttermilk, these beignets have a distinct tang and a softer crumb, perfect for a morning treat or an evening dessert. Dive into the world of soft, fluffy beignets with this simple recipe.
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package (about 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
- 1 cup buttermilk, warm (not hot)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Yeast Activation: In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm buttermilk and then sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow it to sit for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes frothy.
- Dough Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast-buttermilk mixture, beaten eggs, and melted butter. Mix until the dough comes together. It will be slightly sticky. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead gently for about 4-5 minutes until smooth.
- Resting Period: Place the kneaded dough in a lightly greased bowl, covering it with a damp cloth. Allow it to rise in a warm place for 2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
- Shaping: Once the dough has risen, transfer it to a floured surface. Roll it out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2-inch squares.
- Frying: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep saucepan to 375°F (190°C). Carefully drop the dough squares into the hot oil, frying in batches. Fry the beignets for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and puffed up.
- Serving: Remove the beignets from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain any excess oil. While still warm, generously dust them with powdered sugar.
Buttermilk beignets are a delightful treat that offers a tangy twist on a classic favorite. Perfectly golden on the outside and soft on the inside, they are a testament to the joys of simple, delicious baking. Pair them with a steaming cup of coffee for a true New Orleans experience. Bon appétit!
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