Mardi Gras has officially arrived!
The epic celebration, also known as Fat Tuesday, refers to the series of events beginning on or after Epiphany and coming to a head the day before Ash Wednesday. The event — namely celebrated in and associated with the city of New Orleans in the United States — signifies the ritual of eating rich foods before fasting during the season of Lent.
What better time to indulge in rich food with New Orleans-style flavor than now?
After a recent trip to the famed Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, I’ve been craving a beignet ever since!
I’d argue that you can’t pay a visit to New Orleans without trying a beignet, the city’s signature pastry. These light, puffy pieces of fried dough are dusted with powered sugar and best served with cup of coffee.
To celebrate the occasion today, I’m sharing how you can bring a little bit of New Orleans-style flavor into your kitchen with cinnamon sugar beignets. Get the recipe below!
Cinnamon Sugar Beignets
A delicious dessert inspired by the New Orleans staple!
Mix water, 1/2 cup of sugar and yeast in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.
In separate bowl, beat eggs, salt and evaporated milk together.
Mix egg mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure bread flour. Add 3 cups of flour to yeast mixture and stir to combine.
Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F. Mix cinnamon with 1 cup of sugar. Add to a paper or plastic bag and set aside.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep-fry, flipping constantly, until they become a golden color.
After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels, and then toss them into the bag of cinnamon and sugar. Hold bag closed and shake to coat evenly.
Tell Me: What’s your favorite signature New Orleans dish?