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Beignets with Strawberries

by elyn_ryn

These beignets with strawberries are fluffy doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar and dressed with sliced strawberries and a strawberry Chambord sauce. This is a simple yet elegant dessert that also makes tasty brunch food.

Café Du Monde Style Beignets

I can’t help but think about beignets when I am reminded 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 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 the ordering starts again.

Beignets with Strawberries

Boxed Mix vs. Homemade

Café Du Monde has a boxed mix that you can order online; however, it is just as easy to make these doughnuts from ingredients in your pantry.

Beignets with Strawberries

Assembling Beignets with Strawberries

My version of Café Du Monde beignets begins with the same famous doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar. However, I stack them with strawberries, Chambord sauce, and whipped cream.

Beignets with Strawberries

Chambord Sauce on Beignets with Strawberries

What is Chambord? It is a black raspberry liqueur if you aren’t familiar with it. This recipe uses it to make a sauce for this dessert. However, making the Chambord sauce is a step you can skip, but once you taste this strawberry sauce, you will definitely think it is worth making.

Strawberry Beignets

Another Option for Chambord Sauce

If you prefer not to make the Chambord sauce, sprinkle a little sugar on the cut-up strawberries and let them sit for 10-20 minutes. The sugar will extract juice from the berries, and you can use it as a sauce.

Beignets with Strawberries

Eat the Beignets While They are Warm

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

Beignets with Strawberries

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
Recipe for fried beignets with a strawberry topping
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.5
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.5
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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