Tangy Buttermilk Beignets Recipe: New Orleans' Favorite Morning Delight

Buttermilk Beignets

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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