If you've never had a beignet in Louisiana, I think it's pretty safe to say, you've probably never had a proper beignet. In North Jersey you can get a pretty good one at Bourbon Street Beignet, but they are rather far for a little treat. That being said, the best way to get a good beignet outside of "Nawlins" is to make it yourself. The best time to fry up these delicious delights is when you're hosting a Princess Tiana themed party. Check out this scene from Princess Tiana's story where her best friend, Lottie orders a whole big batch for her party!
Tiana's "Man Catching Beignets" (as Charlotte calls them) are an excellent addition
to make your guests happy!
Perfect for adding a touch of magic to your Tiana Princess Party, these fluffy, golden beignets will have everyone enchanted. Follow this easy recipe to bring a taste of Tiana's Palace to your celebration!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Powdered sugar for dusting
1. **Activate the Yeast:**
In a bowl, combine warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, stir gently, and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
2. **Prepare the Dough:**
In a large mixing bowl, combine the activated yeast mixture with flour, evaporated milk, salt, softened butter, and egg. Mix until a soft dough forms.
3. **Knead the Dough:**
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
4. **Roll and Cut:**
Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Using a sharp knife or a beignet cutter, cut the dough into 2-inch squares.
5. **Fry the Beignets:**
Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a heavy pot to 350°F (175°C). Carefully drop the cut dough squares into the hot oil, frying until they puff up and turn golden brown on both sides. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes per side.
6. **Drain and Dust:**
Remove the beignets from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil. Dust generously with powdered sugar while they are still warm.
7. **Serve and Enjoy:**
Arrange the beignets on a beautiful platter and serve them with a side of love and magic. Watch as these Man Catching Beignets become the highlight of your Tiana Princess Party in Jersey City!
This recipe is so much fun to make for a party or just to teach your kids about different cultures throughout the USA. Did you know that much of Louisiana's food is a mix of African and French cuisine that melted together doing the French occupation?