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Beignets are a deep fried pastry topped off with powdered sugar. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, these are a great treat if you want to try making something new for yourself or others. If you're in the mood to treat yourself and want some good old comfort food, then you've come to the right place.

I got this recipe from snug.haven on Instagram, who has the most beautiful pictures of her home and recipes. I asked her for a "self care" recipe to share on the blog and she came up with this one. Upon asking her what do beignets have to do with self care, she replied;

"When I bake, I am my best self! I am alone in my own feelings and thoughts and this is when I feel the most calm, the most serene and the most at peace! THAT is self care!"

I couldn't agree with her more. Baking in your own kitchen, making what you want to make can definitely be a peaceful situation.

When you are in the kitchen, are you your best self? 

As some of you know, lately I have been living at my in-laws house. So the kitchen is not mine, the decorations are not mine, nothing really feels mine. You can find my YouTube Video on living with the in-laws here.

We were only planning on staying here at the in-laws for three months so that I could get my knees treated. Well thanks to covid, it's been six months and we're still here. But I do have some exciting news, we are finally moving back to the states!

Once we're there, we will stay at my parents house for a short period of time while we look for a house in Minnesota. I can't wait to have my own space again with my own kitchen, my own bathtub, just my own space. When that happens, I will definitely be making THESE!


Without further ado, let's get right into the recipe! Here are the ingredients you need.

* 1 and 1/2 cups warm water, between 110 and 115 degrees (F)
* 2/3 cup granulated sugar
* 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
* 1 large eggs
* 3/4 cup evaporated milk
* 2 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
* 5 cups bread flour
* 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 3 tablespoons room temp unsalted butter
* 4 cups peanut oil for deep frying
* 1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions:

1. Add the warm water, sugar, and yeast into a bowl and whisk well. Sit aside for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture has bubbled up and become foamy.

ingredients for making beignets

2. Beat the eggs in the stand mixer until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and evaporated milk. Beat in half of the flour until smooth. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly pour in the yeast mixture and beat until smooth.

pouring yeast mixture into the liquid mixture for making beignets

3. Add in the butter and beat until incorporated. Finally, beat in the other half of the flour and salt. Beat until the dough is smooth.

beating in the flour with a kitchen aid mixer for making beignets

4. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours. (I’ve gotten best results when the dough proofs for 24 hours!)

dough forming a ball and not sticking to the sides of the kitchen aid mixer bowl for making beignets

5. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with three layers of paper towels, set aside.

a ball of dough resting for beignets

6. In a large enameled cast-iron pan, heat 4-inches of oil to 360 degrees (F). Remove the dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 2 and 1/2-inch squares.

rolled out dough that is cut into 2 inch squares

7. In batches, fry the dough until they puff up and are golden brown in color, about 30 seconds on each side. Transfer the beignets to the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

beignets getting fried in oil

8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve at once!

beignets on a Mora Ceramics plate dusted with powdered sugar

If you're not drooling over this photo, then there must be something wrong with your salivary glands 😂. I just can't get enough of these crispy, fluffy pastries. And the best part? They're not overly sweet, just the perfect amount to feel sophisticated.

I hope you love this recipe and cherish every moment in your kitchen.

Plates shown here are our Mora Ceramic Dinner Plates, they make for beautiful serving plates.

For an original banana pudding recipe, check out the link here.

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Homemade Beignets

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Category: Dessert

Servings: 3 Dozen

Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, you can't go wrong with these classic fried pastries.

Author:

Resa from Snug.Haven


Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water, between 110 and 115 degrees (F)

  • 2/3 cup granulated suwgar

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk

  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 5 cups bread flour

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 tablespoons room temp unsalted butter

  • 4 cups peanut oil for deep frying

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions:

  1. Add the warm water, sugar, and yeast into a bowl and whisk well. Sit aside for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture has bubbled up and become foamy.

  2. Beat the eggs in the stand mixer until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and evaporated milk. Beat in half of the flour until smooth. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly pour in the yeast mixture and beat until smooth. Add in the butter and beat until incorporated. Finally, beat in the other half of the flour and salt. Beat until the dough is smooth. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours. (I’ve gotten best results when the dough proofs for 24 hours!)

  3. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with three layers of paper towels, set aside.

  4. In a large enameled cast-iron pan, heat 4-inches of oil to 360 degrees (F). Remove the dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 2 and 1/2-inch squares.

  5. In batches, fry the dough until they puff up and are golden brown in color, about 30 seconds on each side. Transfer the beignets to the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

  6. Dust with powdered sugar and serve at once!

Written by Alix Tieben

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