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Classic American Beignets
Classic American Beignets

(Cooking time: 3 hr; 10 servings)

  • Active dry yeast – 2 ¼ tsps.
  • Warm water – 1 ½ cups, 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
  • White sugar – ½ cup
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • 2 eggs
  • Evaporated milk – 1 cup
  • All-purpose flour – 7 cups
  • Shortening ¼ cup
  • Vegetable oil (for frying) – 1 quart
  • Confectioners’ sugar – ¼ cup
  • Put yeast in a deep bowl to dissolve it in warm water. Combine with salt, eggs, sugar, and milk. Stir well until homogeneous.
  • Stir in 4 cups of the flour, then beat well. Before you add the remaining flour, mix in the shortening. Put to the refrigerator for about 24 hours.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out. It should be no more than 1/8 inch thick. Make 2,5-inch squares. Put the squares into hot oil (360 degree F/180 degrees C). When golden-brown, put them on paper towels that will sop up the excess oil.
  • Decorate with confectioners’ sugar while hot. Beignets are tastier when served warm.