When Norm returned home after traveling for a week, he brought autumn home with him. Cool weather makes the perfect atmosphere for coffee and beignets for breakfast.
The word beignet is French for “doughnut,” and these confections are a staple in New Orleans, my hometown. If you ask for them Café du Monde, an “order” means you’ll get three of them. When my two sisters and I were little, Mama would get us an order, so each of us got one beignet. I vowed that when I grew up, I’d get an order all to myself.
Now, I prepare them at home, and though I can have as many as I want, I try to limit my indulgence to one. Ok, maybe two! Here’s MawMaw‘s recipe, if you’d like to try them at your home.
Yield: about 1 dozen
Ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch soda, 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1-2″ grease, about 1/2-1 cup flour for rolling, 1/2 cup powdered sugar for garnish
Mix dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a spoon. Dough will be sticky.
Generously cover dough with flour and roll on floured surface to about 1/8″ thickness. Cut into rectangles about 2×3″. Odd shapes give them character, so don’t worry if your dough is not perfectly symmetrical.
Test grease by dropping a bit of dough into it. Grease is hot enough (about 370 degrees) when dough pops up to the surface in 5-10 seconds. Drop beignets into oil and turn after it is golden in color, about 20-30 seconds. Cook second side for 10-15 seconds. Beignets will puff up and have a cute bubble in the middle when done.
Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, sprinkle powdered sugar over them and enjoy!