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.