Beignets with Strawberries

by elyn_ryn

I can’t help but think about beignets when I think of New Orleans. It seems as though every visitor makes a stop at Café Du Monde to get an order of these hot yeasty square doughnuts that are sprinkled heavily with powdered sugar. An order consists of three doughnuts, and for a party of three, it seems as though that is a perfect number. But in reality, once everyone has the first bite, three is never enough because someone always wants another doughnut, and so the ordering starts again.

Café Du Monde has a boxed mix that you can order online; however, it is a lot easier than you might think to make these doughnuts from ingredients found in your pantry.

My version of Café Du Monde beignets begins with the same famous doughnut sprinkled with powdered sugar but is garnished with strawberries, a strawberry Chambord sauce, and whipped cream.

The Chambord sauce is optional but is very easy to make and adds a delicious taste to this strawberry beignet dessert.

Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur if you aren’t familiar with it. It is a step that you can skip, but once you taste the strawberry sauce you will definitely think it is worth making.

You should cut up the strawberries and have the Chambord sauce ready before you fry the beignets because this dessert is best when the beignets are warm! And if you turn your back too long, all the beignets might be eaten before you get to use them for this dessert!

You might try other berries with this dessert such as blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Because Chambord is a fruit-infused liqueur, the sauce recipe will work with berries other than strawberries.

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Beignets with Strawberries
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Beignets
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings
beignets approximately
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Beignets
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings
beignets approximately
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Beignets
  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and granulated sugar in the warm water. Let the yeast mixture sit for 15 minutes.  It will become foamy.
  2. Add the milk, egg, and salt. Stir to mix.  Then add half of the flour and use a dough hook attachment to mix in the flour. 
  3. Add the shortening and the remaining flour and mix just until the dough is smooth.
  4. Place the dough into an oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot and let the dough rise for 2 hours.  It will double in size.
  5. After the dough has risen, generously flour a work surface and roll out the dough into a large rectangle about ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into 3-inch squares.
  6. Pour 3-4 inches of oil into a Dutch oven or equivalent pan and heat to 340-350 degrees F.  Drop 2 or 3 beignets into the hot oil and cook for about 30 seconds. Flip over the beignets and cook for another 30 seconds. 
  7. Continue cooking and rotating the beignets until they are deep golden brown.  Remove from the oil and sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar.
  8. Add sliced strawberries, the strawberry Chambord sauce, and whipped cream. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Chambord Sauce
  1. While the dough is rising, make the Chambord sauce.
  2. In a saucepan bring to a boil the strawberries, sugar, and liqueur. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes and break up the strawberries with a fork as the sauce cooks.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water and then whisk it into the strawberry sauce. Stir until the sauce thickens. Set aside to cool.
Recipe Notes

Need a warm place to place rising dough?  Preheat oven to 170 degrees and then turn it off.  Test with your hand to see if the oven feels warm but not hot.  Place the dough bowl covered with plastic wrap into the warm oven and close the door.

This beignet recipe can also be mixed by hand.

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