Homemade Beignets: From New Orleans to Your Kitchen! – There’s something magical about the way a simple treat can transport you to a different time and place. That’s exactly what happened to our family during a memorable trip to New Orleans, where we first experienced the legendary beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Inspired by the charming world of Disney’s ‘Princess and the Frog’, our journey to try these real-life, fluffy delights was nothing short of enchanting.
Back home, the craving for more beignets led to a delightful surprise one morning – homemade beignets, made from a mix we brought back. Now, I’m excited to share this delicious recipe with you…bringing New Orleans magic right to your home!
In 2017, our family went on a road trip that included some time spent in New Orleans, Louisiana. While we were there, we stopped at the iconic Cafe Du Monde for their must-have beignets!
At the time, our kids were loving Disney’s “Princess and the Frog”, so they were so excited to try real-life beignets just like Tianna’s dad made in the movie! So it was perfect timing to be visiting New Orleans!
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After coming home, everyone wanted more beignets! Thankfully we had purchased a boxed beignet mix while we were there! So I was able to surprise everyone with homemade beignets one morning!
What Is A Beignet?
Prior to seeing the Disney movie, I had no idea what a beignet was! But after trying them first-hand in New Orleans, I know what they are now!
Beignets are a type of French pastry often associated with the Creole cuisine in New Orleans. They are made from a pastry dough that is rolled out on a floured surface, cut into squares and then deep fried in oil. The beignets puff up during the frying process creating a light and fluffy, pillowy donut-type pastry that is then sprinkled with powdered sugar.
They are commonly served for breakfast, similar to a donut and served with a café au lait or as a dessert. These are a must have when visiting the French Quarter in New Orleans!
How To Make Beignets
- Prepare the mix – I used a Beignet Mix that we purchased at Café du Monde. However, this mix is often sold at World Market or online! Don’t over mix! The dough should be similar to a drop biscuit texture
- Heat the oil to 370°F (*Café du Monde recommends using cottonseed oil, I used vegetable oil)
- Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface
- Roll out the pastry dough into a rectangle
- Cut dough into evenly-sized 2″ squares using a pizza roller
- Deep fry on one side
- Flip beignet over and deep fry the other side **be very careful!! I burned myself pretty good doing this!
- Place fried beignet on a paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar
And there you have it! Absolutely delicious and tasty pillow-soft homemade beignets! This plate of beignets took us about T-minus 0.002 seconds to devour! They were sooo good!
Why Is My Beignet Flat?
There are a couple of reasons why your beignets may not have “puffed up”. They are easy to fix, so don’t worry and don’t give up on making these delicious pastries!
- the temperature of the oil dropped too much from each batch
- overcrowding the pan – also causing the oil temperature to drop too low
- rolled the dough too thin on the floured surface