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Beignets are the secret of life -- this french dougnut is a must have to any trip to New Orleans. It's worth the work!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 ounce dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 small egg
  • canola oil
  • powdered sugar

Method


<p>In a large bowl, put butter and sugar. Heat milk until almost boiling in a sauce pan, stirring so it won't scorch. Pour scalded milk over the butter and sugar -- stir until smooth.</p> <p>Cool the butter/sugar/milk mixture until lukewarm, add yeast, and dissolve.</p> <p>In another bowl, sift dry flour and salt. Take half of this flour and stir into the milk mixture. Add the egg --- this becomes your batter. Stir in remaining flour a little at a time.</p> <p>Store batter in a warm place, cover with a towel, and wait for it to double -- about one hour.</p> <p>Take dough out and knead gently -- roll to 1/4 inch thickness.</p> <p>Cut into 2 inch squares -- cover and let rise again for 35 minutes.</p> <p>Now its time to fry!</p> <p>Heat the canola oil to 325 degrees -- a large pan will work, but a deep dryer will of course work better.</p> <p>Drop squares in hot oil, turning once when golden on bottom side. This will be fast! It's best to test with one square first, get the timing down.</p> <p>Also -- when you drop in the squares, the temp in the oil will drop, so its best to turn the oil up high when you're frying.</p> <p>Drain on paper towels and dust with powdered sugar.</p>

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Jesse Wolgamott

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Jesse Wolgamott

Influences: Italian, Texas BBQ, and Mexican

Location: Richmond, TX

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