Wednesday, January 13, 2010

French Market Beignets + Bayou Boogie

Since I've recently had several requests for a recipe for beignets, I thought that I would share one of my favorite recipes that tastes almost identical to the ones that are served at the French Market, in New Orleans. I started off my Sunday, with these fabulous beignets and coffee and worked my way up to grillin' some Cajun jumbo shrimp, chicken, and burgers. Yes, grilling ! It's a gorgeous day, (sunny and 70 degrees) in Cajun Country! Perfect for having family and friends over to watch the big game. Geaux Saints!

This recipe, adapted from Southern Living Magazine, 1998, is as close to the real thing that I've ever had! And so easy, too! There's really nothing quite like the heavenly taste of biting into one of these babies with a good strong cup of Community coffee! Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

French Market Beignets

1 envelope active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 large egg
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
Vegetable oil, for frying
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Combine yeast and warm water in small bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes. Combine yeast mixture, evaporated milk, and next 3 ingredients. Gradually stir in flour to make a soft dough. Cover and chill for 8 hours.

Turn dough out onto a well floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Roll dough into a 15 x 12 inch rectangle and cut into 3 inch squares. Pour oil into a large Dutch oven, to a depth of 3 inches and heat to 375 degrees. Fry 4 or 5, at a time, for one minute on each side or until golden. Drain and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 2 dozen.

Bon appetit!

 Hope that ya'll have a wonderful, fun week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Malisa said...

It is dang difficult to dance and fry beignets at the same time..but here goes! :) Thanks for both!

lakeviewer said...

Yes! Just what the heart desired. I THINK I'll make some dark brew to go with them. Thank you, Margherite.

A Year on the Grill said...

I can feel my ass growing just looking at these...

Go Saints... bet you have plans in a couple weeks... enjoy the ride!

Laura said...

Oh my gosh-
every food post you share with us looks delicious.

I think I was switched at birth- and although I am a Texas through and through- I love Louisiana!


Eddie Bluelights said...

Everything you recomend looks delicious. If I was there and ate everything I would be round by now - my width would equal my height. btw John's plane didn't come . . sob. Eddie x

The Good Cook said...

Oh YUM!!! I'm going to make these for TBHITW - one of our early dates was at Cafe Du Monde in the French Market... he said he fell in love with me because I didn't care how much powdered sugar was all over my face or clothes!! Just bring on those Beignets!

Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to make these on Shrove Tuesday.

Joanne said...

The Saints rock, Marguerite. What a fun game, Look out, Super Bowl :)

T. Clear said...

Beignets are gifts from the gods....

A few years ago, when I was in NOLA, a friend back in Seattle asked me to bring her back a bag of them. Well, they don't exactly stay fresh, as I'm sure you know. So, as her 50th BD party was shortly after I returned home, I decided to bring all the fixins for beignets to her house and surprise her with the real fresh thing. When I got there, her daughter informed me that her mother doesn't allow any food to be fried in the house. Damn! We resolved the issue by firing up the gas BBQ and I deep-fried my beignets for a houseful of party-goers on the back deck. YUM!

Maggie May said...

I am putting on the pounds just looking at the food. Perhaps I'd better dance to the music instead!

Nuts in May

Elizabeth Bradley said...

This is one of those times I absolutely hate being on a gluten-free diet!

Velva said...

Has Dave seen that recipe for beignets yet? Never mind. I just saw his comment :-)
I love beignets and with coffee. I could never eat just one or two...It would be more like three or four. You get the idea.

Congratulations on your Saints making the Superbowl. Louisana is going to rock these next two weeks!

K. said...

To paraphrase Homer Simpson, mmmm...beignets...

C. C. is tuff stuff. Long overdue for a new CD. Is he content to produce and be a sideman?

Marguerite said...

Malisa- You're so welcome!I'm so glad that you liked the video! My music is always on when I'm cooking and I'm always dancing,too. Thanks for coming by!

lakeviewer- Merci for your kind comment! It was my pleasure to share it with you, cher! Dark brew would be really good! My favorite dark brew is Starbucks, Verona, yummm!

Dave- lol, to be eaten in moderation, only! I only wish that I was going to the Super Bowl! But I will be going to a fabulous Super Bowl party, for sure!

Laura- Good to see you! Merci beaucoup for the lovely compliment. If anyone is an Honorary Cajun, it is you, cher! Thanks for stopping by!

Eddie- Merci, mon ami, for the sweet compliment!! You wouldn't get round because you'd be dancing all the time! You could always hop the next hot air baloon! lol

Good Cook- Thanks, I'm so glad that you want to make them. That is such a romantic story about you and TBHITW at Cafe' du Monde! You're very welcome, cher1

Cloudia said...

Fortunately we can get bengnets at our Saturday farmers market. Yummy!

Aloha, Dear Friend Mon Ami!

Comfort Spiral

Katherine Aucoin said...

This is way better than the Cafe Du Monde Mix in a box. Please tell your readers to never, ever waste their tourist money on that, it's garbage.

Homemade are so much better!

Who Dat!

Marguerite said...

Joanne- I totally have to agree with you, cher! It was such an exciting game and so much fun, after! :) Black and Gold- Superbowl! Geaux Saints!

T. Clear- So nice to hear from you! You are right, beignets are heavenly! Wow, you are such a great friend! That's real determination and a good idea! Maybe I'll try frying on the grill, too. Thanks for coming by and for sharing!

Maggie- Don't worry about the calories! Just dance the calories off! Thanks so much for stopping by. It's so good to see you!

Elizabeth- My son was on a gluten-free diet, for a while, and I became very adept at baking and cooking for a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free beignets sound great!

Velva- lol- Isn't Dave a riot?!
I always control myself with beignets, two is my limit at one sitting, but I can understand wanting to eat more! Cest bon!
Thanks, Geaux Saints!

K.- Good to hear from you, cher! Homer is right about that! Glad yoy liked the clip! Yeah, C.C. really rocks! Haven't seen him lately, so I'm not sure. Enjoy the C.D.!

misti said...

I found you from Make a Roux...Love your site! And the beignets, just the photo, made me drool a little. Never been to Lafayette Mardi Gras...We do it big in Lake Charles too, but I gotta head yalls way one season and see what thats about! Mamou has a good one too. I love all things Louisiana and love finding fellow LA bloggers. Cheers!

Marguerite said...

Cloudia- One more plus for Waikiki, and one more reason to visit! Merci for coming by, cher! Aloha!

Katherine- You are so right about dat, cher! Nothing like fresh! Who Dat, We Dat, for sure! Geaux Saints!

Misti- Hi and welcome, it's so nice to meet you!! Thanks so much for your kind comment and for adding me to your reading list! I love Lake Charles and have lots of cousins there. Hope you check out the Lafayette Mardi Gras, it's quite a party and it is a blast!

Kathryn Magendie said...

GMR made them from a mix someone brought up here to the mountains - he fried em up - they weren't as good as "the real thang" -but they were a good remembrance!


*LAUGH* just saw a year on the grill's comment .....! haw!

Judith A . Bates said...

I have made these beignets from the mix that Lauren was sweet enough to give me, but never from scratch...I think I'll give it a go!! They look mighty tasty... Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

Vagabonde said...

I am catching up with your posts and am so pleased your posted a recipe for beignets. My great-aunt in France used to make them all the time but I never got her recipe. I’m going to try yours. Your picture of the beignets is mouth watering.

Marguerite said...

Kathryn- Wow, GMR can cook and bake!? What a gem! I love a man who can cook. lol Dave is as canaille as they come, and so funny!

Jude- So good to hear from you!! Glad you like the recipe, there is nothing like fresh and these beignets are sinful! You are so welcome, cher! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

Vagabonde- Merci beaucoup for the lovely compliment, cher! So glad you want to make them, they are a real treat. Thanks for catching up on my posts! Bon appetit!

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A Cajun Down Under said...

Another delicious recipe Marguerite! Thanks!