Going Coastal Recipe: Doughnuts

I think Danny DeVito put it best in the movie Other People’s Money when he said, “Since when do you have to be hungry to have a doughnut?”  I’m not a huge fan of sweets (my favorite dessert is a second cheeseburger) but I do dig a fried doughnut or six.  It is hard for to ever pass a Krispy Kreme when the “Hot Doughnuts” sign is on.  I could eat my weight in French Kruellers from Dunkin’ Doughnuts.  And when in N’Awlins it is all about the Beignets.  Though loosely defined as a doughnut, Beignets are brilliant in there simplicity – fried dough and a butt load of powdered sugar.  You can now make them from scratch by following my easy recipe or just buy the mix from Café Du Monde.

Classic French Quarter Beignets – from Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes from the Gulf of Mexico.

1 package active dry yeastbeignets cafe du monde
1½ cups warm water (105-110 degrees)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups AP flour
1/4 cup canola oil
Oil for deep frying
Confectioner’s sugar

In a large bowl sprinkle the yeast into the water and stir to dissolve. Add the sugar, salt, eggs and milk. Blend with a beater. Add 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the canola oil then beat in remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight in a greased bowl. Roll on a floured service to about 1/8th inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch squares. Deep fry at 360° for roughly 3 minutes or until lightly browned on each side. Drain and sprinkle generously with the powdered sugar. For added richness place a whole vanilla bean in with the powdered sugar over night then remove.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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