Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beignets!

My mom and I made some beignets tonight!

What is a BEIGNET?!
A beignet (pronounced [bε.ɲε], which is the French word for fried dough), in American English, refers to a pastry made from deep-fried dough and sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, is a kind of French doughnut.

Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans has been making these french donut stunners since 1862!
They are open 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week!
Cafe Du Monde is found in the center of the French Quarter in New Orleans right across from St. Louis Cathedral and next to the French Market.
We used the special mix that they use at 'Cafe Du Monde' in New Orleans-If you want to make some, this is the ONLY acceptable mix since it's filled with magic and fabulous-ness! You can buy the mix at any grocery store in the South-I'm not sure if they have them in the North, but I hope so since it gets so cold up there! They need them more than we do! ...but-try looking in the baking aisle. Hopefully, they will be there!
Here they are before we dusted them with powdered sugar- they're round and not as large as the ones at Cafe Du Monde cuz we were using a limited amount of oil and had to use a smaller pan-so we just cut them with a small glass.
If you want to make some, be sure you have a thermometer for ur oil-u can do it in a pot or frying pan and u don't need much oil(it's not like frying shrimp or anything-you don't need a fryer)-but you SHOULD have the temp they tell u on the box, or they'll get all wonky and not cook evenly...and that makes me sad.

Jasmine did little to help besides crawl into the empty water bottle box on the table and judge us. Biatch.
And now...the MOST important step...
You just put powdered sugar in a sifter and tap it so the beignets get snowed on...and...
Powedered Perfection!
AND - remember Beignet Rule Number 1: You can NEVER have TOO much powdered sugar! :)

9 comments:

Jessica said...

Awwww, that's sweet that you and your mom did it together. :-)

DebraLSchubert said...

OMG - these looks beyond delicious! Love Blue October - great music here, as usual.;-)

Mariah Irvin said...

I now have an extreme craving.

Ali said...

Wow, yum. Nice job!

lightning in a bottle said...

i remember cafe du monde beignets. yours look delish too!

Dutch donut girl said...

Mmmmmm.... beignets.

And apple beignets are just to die for.

apparentlyjessy said...

These look freakin delicious! I love doughnuty things with icing sugar on top!

I also loved your review on the time travellers wife, I am definitely going to have to read the book, I had it recommended it to me last week, so I think its a sign I have to read it!

Aimee-Beth said...

Yum.

Tagged you in a little something in my blog!

x

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

On my only visit to new orleans I was ADDICTED to these, I tell you, with that awesome muddy coffee...