June 4, 2022

Beignets that taste like New Orleans but are light and fluffy in France. This recipe for homemade beignets uses choux pastry dough and powdered sugar.

What is a Beignet?

Donut-like, fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar, beignets are famous in New Orleans. Benyas is an alternate spelling.

They are French and frequent Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

The Princess and the Frog audio CD introduced me to beignets.

Beignet Recipe

Authentic New Orleans beignets, for example, are made using yeast dough. Like doughnuts, the texture is thick and pliant.

Choux pastry dough is used in this recipe.

This method yields light and fluffy beignets with a golden-brown color and a liberal dusting of powdered sugar.

Main Ingredients

To prepare the choux pastry dough, combine the ingredients in the following order:

  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Sugar

How to Make Beignets?

  1. Yeast dough or choux pastry dough can be used to produce beignets.
  2. Once you’ve made the dough, put it in the fridge for an hour to chill.
  3. Using a teaspoon or half-teaspoon, form balls from the dough.
  4. Batch-fry the dough balls in a frying pan with oil that’s been heated to about 2-3 inches deep over medium heat.
  5. When they’re golden brown, they’re done. Before serving, pat the meat dry with paper towels.
  6. With a cup of coffee or tea, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.

Cook’s Tips

Beignets that are perfectly spherical and golden brown can be made by following these techniques for deep-frying:

  • Vegetable oil is the best oil to use. It has a mild flavor and is excellent for frying at high temperatures.
  • Take care when cooking with a large frying pan.
  • Avoid skimming the oil. A thick layer of oil should be applied.
  • Make balls out of the dough before frying them.

Can I Use a Beignet Mix?

  • Yes, absolutely. You may purchase Cafe Du Monde’s mix in New Orleans, and you can make these delights at home using the instant flour mix.

How Many Calories Are in Beignets?

  • Compared to Cafe Du Monde’s in New Orleans, each Beignet has only 58 calories, which is a far cry from the Cafe Du Monde’s in New Orleans.

With this recipe, what are its complementary dishes?

For an afternoon tea gathering, serve this dish together with other sweets. Here are some recipes that I think you’ll like.

  • Coconut Water Lemonade
  • Cheesecake Banana Bread
  • Cream Cheese Pound Cake
  • Blueberry Scones


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar for dusting
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • oil for frying


  1. Salt and sugar are added to a saucepan with water, butter, and butter over medium-high heat. Continue stirring for 2 minutes until the butter is melted and the sauce is boiling. Reduce the temperature to medium. Toss in the flour and mix thoroughly with the butter. After 1 minute of stirring and cooking, the dough should begin to pull away from the sides and form a ball. Allow cooling for 5 minutes before attempting to eat.
  2. Eggs should be beaten into the dough using a hand mixer or stand mixer, starting with one and working your way up to an entire batch of eggs. Each additional egg is gradually introduced. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour to allow it to rest. Using a teaspoon or half a tablespoon, form the dough into balls. Using parchment paper, arrange the dough balls in a single layer.
  3. Add 2-3 inches of oil to a frying pan on low heat. Put the dough balls into the hot oil and cook them in batches until golden brown. Maintain a constant rotation when browning and puffing the dough balls. When a seam begins to form on the beignets, they are done baking (When the Beignet is ready, it will start to burst, creating a seam in the process.). Drain the dish on paper towels before transferring it to a serving dish. Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar.
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