I felt inspired watching Princess and the Frog a couple weeks ago to make some beignets. My hubby loved these deep fried golden beauties and asked for them every night for a week.
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon evaporated milk
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons shortening
2 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 cup confectioners’ sugar or cinnamon sugar
1.) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
2.) Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in 360 degree F (180 degrees C) hot oil. If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough. Drain onto paper towels.
Shake confectioners’ sugar on hot beignets or roll in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.