New Orleans French Market Beignet Recipe

Feel like you are at Cafe du Monde in the French Market with this beignet recipe. These French Market doughnuts are easy to make and so delicious.

They are a perfect dessert to serve after a yummy New Orleans gumbo and so appropriate for the occasion. Make the dough ahead and refrigerate. They will fry in just minutes and makes for an easy and fast dessert that everyone will love.This recipe is also great to serve for breakfast with hot coffee or cold milk.

Don't forget the confectioners sugar.



1/2 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons shortening

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 package dry yeast (about 1-1/4 teaspoon)

1/4 cup warm water

1 egg, beaten

3 3/4 cups sifted flour

Confectioners sugar


In a large mixing bowl pour the boiling water over the shortening, sugar and salt. Add the milk and let stand until warm.

In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water and add to the milk mixture with the egg. Stir in two cups flour and beat.

Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning it to grease the top. Cover with wax paper and chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

On a slightly floured surface roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch squares and fry in hot oil (350 degrees). Brown on one side then flip and brown on the other side

Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve hot. This recipe will make about 2 dozen beignets.

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