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