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Beignets

Beignets
Beignets
Beignets
Beignets

When in New Orleans, beignets are a must. This donut-like sweet treat is one of the city’s most famous food staples that locals and visitors just can’t resist.

Beignets were first introduced to the city by the French-Creole colonists in the 18th century. The concept of the dessert is simple – dough is fried then covered with mounds of powdered sugar – but the result is extraordinary.

As a precursor to today's doughnuts, beignets are made from square-cut pieces of yeast dough and do not have a hole in them like most doughnuts. When served hot, they are absolute perfection, especially when accompanied with café au lait or chocolate milk.

New Orleans beignets come in orders of three on plates completely covered in powdered sugar. You can find them at various locations around the city, like the famous Café Du Monde or Café Beignet.You can also purchase the mix from local vendors and make them all on your own!

Beignets Recipe
Makes about 32 beignets

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • vegetable shortening, for deep frying
  • confectioner's sugar

In a small saucepan combine the water, butter, granulated sugar, and salt and bring the mixture to a rapid boil. Remove the pan from heat and add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook the paste over low heat, beatin briskly, until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the dough cleanly leaves the sides of the pain and forms a ball. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. By hand or with an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the paste until it is smooth and glossy. Stir in the vanilla.

In a deep fryer, heat 3 inches shortening 370 degrees F. drop the dough by teaspoonfuls into the shortening, and fry the beignets in bathes, turning them, until golden brown (about 3 minutes). With a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle the beignets with the confectioners' sugar and serve the hot.

 
Where to Get Beignets in New Orleans
Cafe Beignet
334-B Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 524-5530
www.cafebeignet.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Delis & Sandwiches, Beignets

Description: New Orleans Cafe Beignet provides a grand cafe setting outside and in, and the best coffee and beignets anywhere. Also full breakfast served all day, lunch and cajun specialties.
Cafe Beignet at Music Legends Park
311 Bourbon St. , New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 525-2611
www.cafebeignet.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Delis & Sandwiches, Beignets

Description: New Orleans Cafe Beignet provides a grand cafe setting outside and in, and the best coffee and beignets anywhere. Also full breakfast served all day, lunch and cajun specialties.
Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 581-2914
www.cafedumonde.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Beignets

Description: Since 1862 this has been the original French Market coffee stand serving cafe au lait and beignets. A New Orleans landmark, located directly across from Jackson Square and the Pontalba apartments, Cafe du Monde offers the original beignet, the state doughnut of Louisiana. Coffee and chicory is a New Orleans favorite, served mixed half and half with hot milk as cafe au lait.
Cafe Du Monde
500 Port of New Orleans Pl., Riverwalk Marketplace, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 587-0841
www.cafedumonde.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Beignets

Description: This is the second location of the famous location that has been the original French Market coffee stand serving cafe au lait and beignets. A New Orleans landmark, located directly across from Jackson Square and the Pontalba apartments, Cafe du Monde offers the original beignet, the state doughnut of Louisiana. Coffee and chicory is a New Orleans favorite, served mixed half and half with hot milk as cafe au lait.
Morning Call Coffee Stand
56 Dreyfous Drive, City Park Casino , New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 300-1157
morningcallcoffeestand.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Desserts, Breakfast, Beignets

Description: Start your day like a local at the “most famous coffee drinking place" in New Orleans. Since 1870, New Orleanians and visitors alike have lined up at Morning Call for their morning fix of café au lait and beignets—delicate French donuts dusted with powdered sugar. Both are made using time-tested methods, ensuring delicious, irresistible results. After spending some time outside the city, this NOLA institution returns to its new home in City Park—all the more reason to celebrate with a signature treat.
 
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