Vanilla Beignets

vanilla beignets

A New Orleans brunch wouldn’t be 
complete without these light and fluffy beignets.

Vanilla Beignets
Yields: About 30
  • ¼ cup warm water (105° to 110°)
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Garnish: sifted confectioners’ sugar
  1. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup warm water and yeast; let stand until mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add yeast mixture, milk, sour cream, egg, butter, and vanilla, stirring just until combined. Switch to the dough hook attachment; beat at medium speed until smooth and elastic, about 
5 minutes.
  3. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning 
to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.
  4. Fill a medium Dutch oven with canola oil to halfway full, and heat oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough ¼ inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 2½ inch squares. Working in batches, fry dough, turning frequently, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oil, and let drain on paper towels. Garnish warm beignets with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.


 Find more great recipes like this one in Taste of the South’s March/April 2017 issue!


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