French Quarter Beignets

French Quarter Beignets

Make fresh beignets, made with yeast and deep-fried. It's a beignet recipe similar to those you might find in the French Market of New Orleans, Louisiana.
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  • Serves: 48 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water; stir to dissolve and let mixture stand 5 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Add sugar, salt, beaten eggs, and evaporated milk.
  4. Step 4

    With a whisk or electric mixer, blend mixture thoroughly. Add 4 cups of flour and the shortening; beat until smooth.
  5. Step 5

    Gradually blend in remaining flour.
  6. Step 6

    Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Step 7

    Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan or electric deep fryer to 360 F.
  8. Step 8

    Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch in thickness. Cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares.
  9. Step 9

    Deep fry beignets for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are lightly browned on both sides.
  10. Step 10

    Drain on paper towels and sprinkle generously with confectioners' sugar.