Best Bites: Mardi Gras beignets

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We’re celebrating Mardi Gras with these colorfully festive beignets all the way from New Orleans! Check out the recipe on this week’s episode of Best Bites. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 7 cups bread flour

  • 1/4 cup shortening

  • Nonstick spray

  • Oil, for deep-frying

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • Green, purple, yellow food color

Recipe:

  • In a large bowl, combine water, sugar and dry yeast. Allow mixture to rest for 10 minutes.

  • In a separate bowl beat 2 eggs.

  • Pour in evaporated milk and salt.

  • In the large bowl, add 3 cups bread flour and the shortening. Stir.

  • Add in the bowl with the egg-milk mixture. Combine well.

  • Add remaining 4 cups of flour and mix.

  • Place dough onto a smooth surface and knead mixture until smooth.

  • Grease a large bowl with nonstick spray and place in dough mixture. Allow dough to rise for 2 hours.

  • Preheat a pot with vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • On a flat and floured surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut dough into 3 inch squares.

  • Deep fry the squares until golden on both sides, making sure to flip constantly.

  • Drain the squares for a few seconds.

  • While squares are draining, mix the three food colouring packets with confectioners sugar to create three different types of coloured sugar.

  • Sprinkle coloured powdered sugar over beignets while still hot. Enjoy!

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