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Oven Baked Beignets

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A lightened up version of classic French doughnuts. Happy Mardis Gras!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 Oz. Packet) Active Dry Yeast
  • ¼ cups Warm Water (about 100 Degrees F)
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Cold Butter, Cut Into Small Chunks
  • 1 whole Egg
  • ¾ cups Buttermilk

Preparation

Combine the yeast, warm water and a pinch of the sugar in a small bowl and set aside for five minutes. The water will start to look foamy and bubble a little bit. That’s normal.

Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Using your fingers, cut in the butter and work mixture together until it resembles coarse sand.

Mix together the egg and the buttermilk. Add to the yeast mixture and then add to the dry ingredients. Stir together to form a soft dough and then continue to knead (or use your Kitchen Aid) until dough becomes smooth and elastic. If using a Kitchen Aid, keep your speed on medium and beat with the paddle attachment (or dough hook) for 6–8 minutes until smooth. If using your hands, make sure you are working on a lightly floured surface. The dough will feel smooth like pizza dough when it’s done.

Spray a bowl with cooking spray and drop in your dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes. Then, roll out dough into a large rectangle or square on a floured surface. Cut the square into five long strips and then cut those strips into squares. Place squares on a lined baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake beignets for 10–12 minutes or until lightly golden. Dust with powdered sugar and eat warm.

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londonbakes on 3.21.2011

Oh wow, these look fantastic and so simple. Thank you for the great recipe!

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Meredith on 3.21.2011

These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

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rozanie on 3.21.2011

Can’t wait to try these!

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strandjss on 3.21.2011

What a great recipe. They look delicious! I’ve loved beignets ever since I first ate them in New Orleans years ago.

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tessks on 3.9.2011

Hmmm. . .I could eat a truckload of these, so I don’t if having a lightened version is a good thing or a bad thing. I’m going with ‘good’ and plan to make them soon! =)

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forkandpencil on 4.2.2011

These are great, and surprisingly easy! It was just like making pizza dough. They taste good, but unfortunately they didn’t store amazingly overnight. The powdered sugar sorta dissolved on the top the next morning, so if you are storing them overnight I would recommend not dusting them with sugar until you are going to eat them. Tasty though. :)

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