Yeast Beignets

Fail Proof Yeast Beignets! You won’t be able to eat just one.

Fail Proof Yeast Beignets! You won't be able to eat just one #beignets #fried @sweetasacookie

This yeast beignet recipe could not be easier to make! Last year I was craving something fried but it needed to be something sweet. I was watching the Food Network and they happened to be frying beignets. The recipe seemed simple enough so I headed to the kitchen to whip up a batch of dough.

The dough was super easy to work with and once it was fried it created the most beautiful pillows of fried dough. I sprinkled them with powdered sugar and enjoyed them with a cup of coffee but they would also be delicious rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture.

Fail Proof Yeast Beignets! You won't be able to eat just one #beignets #fried @sweetasacookie

The same episode that made me first make these yeast beignets was on again the other day. I instantly remembered how perfect they were and knew I had to share the recipe with all of you. I’ve never had a “real” beignet before so I can’t really compare. 

To me these are pretty much super doughnuts. Super delicious and super easy to make. If yeast scares you this is one recipe to try. I wanted the beignets to be as perfect as possible. I don’t own any square or rectangle cookie cutters so I just got out my kitchen ruler and made them as square as I could. If you’re not too worried about the shape then make them any way you want. 

Fail Proof Yeast Beignets! You won't be able to eat just one #beignets #fried @sweetasacookie

I think the next time i make these I’ll serve them with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Chocolate sauce and ice cream would also be a delicious combination. I may be making another batch of these sooner than I originally planned 😉 If any of you try some of these delicious combinations please let me know as soon as possible.

Yeast Beignets
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Fail Proof Yeast Beignets! You won't be able to eat just one.
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  1. 3/4 cup warm water
  2. 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  3. 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  4. 4 cups all purpose flour
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 2 large egg yolks
  7. 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  8. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. neutral frying oil
  11. powdered sugar, optional
  1. In a small measuring cup combine water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Allow yeast to activate 5-10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl combine egg yolks, evaporated milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  4. Add the yeast mixture and the egg yolk mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer.
  5. With the dough hook attached mix for 5 minutes.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place for two hours or until doubled in size.
  7. Heat oil to 350º F.
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and roll out onto a lightly floured surface.
  9. Cut dough into 2 inch squares.
  10. Fry the dough until puffy and brown. Allow to drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  11. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
  1. *Nutrition facts are estimated. For this particular recipe the nutrition facts refer to the dough before it has been fried.
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    Cate | Chez CateyLou
    April 14, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    These are gorgeous!! I am so afraid of deep frying, otherwise I would need to make these ASAP! I am dying to go to New Orleans, and Cafe du Monde will be my first stop…I bet your beignets are even better than theirs!
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