Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 package active dry yeast

  2. 1 1/2 cups warm water (100-115 degrees Fahrenheit)

  3. 1/2 cup sugar

  4. 1 tsp salt

  5. 2 large egg s

  6. 1 cup evaporated milk

  7. 7 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  8. 1 tsp ground nutmeg

  9. 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (non-hydrogenated, if possible) Vegetable oil , for frying (Crisco brand oil) Tons of powdered sugar , for dusting

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Put the warm water into a large bowl (Jimmy did this and all subsequent mixing steps in the bowl of his KitchenAid stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook), and sprinkle in the yeast and a couple teaspoonfuls of the sugar. Stir until dissolved; then let rest for 10 minutes or so. Add the rest of the sugar, the salt, the eggs, and the evaporated milk. Gradually stir (or mix) in 4 cups of flour and the nutmeg, and beat with a wooden spoon (or dough hook) until smooth and thoroughly blended. Beat in the shortening, and then add the remaining flour, about ⅓ cup at a time, beating until it becomes too stiff to stir, and then working the rest in with your hands. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Roll the dough out onto a floured board to a thickness of ⅓ inch. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles measuring roughly 2 x 2 x 3 inches. Pour the oil to a depth of roughly 4 inches in a large, deep saucepan or Dutch oven. Heat the oil to 360 degrees Fahrenheit, and fry the beignets 3 at a time until they are puffed and golden on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per batch. Turn them over in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown, since they rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff. From batch to batch, try to make sure to try to keep the oil as close to 360 degrees as possible; if necessary, allow a few minutes between batches for the oil to reheat to the proper temperature. Drain each batch for a minute or two on a platter lined with several layers of paper towels, and then dust heavily with powdered sugar. Serve three beignets per person—at least for the first round.


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