Beignet Donuts 


Beignets, a delightful French pastry, are the perfect blend of all things fried and sweet. 

These pillowy treats, pronounced “ben-YAY,” are akin to fritters and are made from deep-fried choux pastry dough. While traditionally associated with New Orleans, beignets can be enjoyed worldwide as a breakfast treat, often served warm and dusted with powdered sugar. Here’s a recipe to whip up your own batch of these irresistible delights:

Beignet Donuts


  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk*
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • In another bowl, beat the eggs, salt, and evaporated milk together. Add this mixture to the yeast mixture.
  • In a mixer, combine flour, shortening, and vanilla extract. Mix until fully incorporated.
  • Let the dough rise for two hours. Then, roll it out and cut it into squares.
  • Allow the dough squares to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fry the dough squares until golden brown.
  • Drain the fried beignets for a minute or two, then generously dust them with powdered sugar.


*If you don’t have evaporated milk, you can make your own by simmering regular milk until reduced to one cup.
Enjoy these delightful beignets as a sweet indulgence for any occasion!
Author: ChezChaya

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