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Makes 2 to 3 dozen.
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Get ready to revel in the Mardi Gras festivities on Tuesday, February 13, 2024! Transport yourself to the vibrant streets of New Orleans by savoring the beloved beignets – golden-fried dough pillows that steal the show during Carnival season. For an authentic celebration, plan ahead: prepare the dough the night before and fry it up in the morning, ensuring your beignets are served piping hot and heavenly.

Experience the joy of Mardi Gras by bringing a taste of New Orleans to your home. Allow the dough to rest overnight, letting the flavors develop and intensify. As the morning sun rises, immerse yourself in the culinary magic of frying these delectable treats, creating an atmosphere that echoes the lively spirit of Carnival. Embrace the tradition, share the joy, and make this Mardi Gras a flavorful and memorable occasion! 

(Although truth be told, these Beignets taste incredible any day of the year!)

1 package dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups all-purpose flour
oil for deep frying
powdered sugar
  1. Dissolve yeast in the warm water. A
  2. dd the next five ingredients plus optional salt, if desired, then beat in the flour. Dough will be sticky.
  3. On a floured board, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch. Cut into 2-inch squares.
  4. Heat oil to 370 degrees F. Drop beignets in oil a few at a time. As they puff, turn them to brown the other side. 
  5. Remove, drain, and dust with powdered sugar.
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