Junior high was the most important period of my life. Not only did I meet my life long friends in the 7th grade, I learned the most essential skills that put me here on this blog today. I learned how to bake in home economics class. I’m not sure if there is such a class in today’s schools but Home Ec was my favorite class. I made homemade beignets for the first time. I remember frying a batch of beignets every weekend since that one lesson on doughnuts.
Beignets are French doughnuts served with powdered sugar. It was made world famous by Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. It’s deep fried and so amazing when eaten fresh. The long line in front of Cafe du Monde is enough to tell you how important it is to get a bite of this famous pastry.
I searched the internet for New Orleans-style beignets and incorporated the Home Ec recipe from junior high to come up with this fantastic and easy recipe. It’s so easy a 13 year old can do it.
Homemade Beignets1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups of self- rising flour 2 teaspoons melted butter 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 cup powdered sugar Vegetable oil for frying
1. In a mixing bowl combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg and salt. Mix on low.
2. Add hot water and melted butter. Continue to mix on low.
3. Add self-rising flour 1 cup at a time. Knead until the dough is sticky and manageable. If you are using an electric mixer, use the hook attachment.
4. Grease a bowl and put the dough in the bowl. Cover with sling wrap and store in a warm place. Let dough rise for 45 minutes to an 1 hour.
5. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan or Dutch oven on medium high. Oil should be about 1.5 to 2 inches.
6. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch on a flour surface. Cut it in squares to fry.
7. Fry the beignets for 3 – 5 minutes. Continue to rotate the beignets to prevent burning. Let cool on parchment paper or a cooling rack.
8. Dust powdered sugar on fresh hot beignets. Serve immediately.