Beignets With Coffee


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 flour
oil for deep frying
powdered sugar


Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add next five ingredients plus optional salt, if desired, then beat in the flour. Dough will be sticky.

On a floured board, roll out the dough to about ⅛ inch. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Heat oil to 370 degrees F. Drop beignets in oil a few at a time. As they puff, turn them to brown other side. Remove, drain, and dust with powdered sugar.


Makes 2 to 3 dozen.

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To Elle,maybe is was a simple misprint,maybe they meant Make Beignets ..thanks for your clever hubbys comment,it made me laugh.
This is a traditional recipe and if it could be baked it certainly would alter the taste and texture.

"How to Bake Beignets"

I was directed to this recipe with the email stating "How to Bake Beignets". I do not see any information in this recipe regarding baking. Disappointing. My husband said it's a "bake and switch" email. (wry smile)


I have only had Beignets a few times. Every time the center was gooey. What are the people doing wrong that leaves them apparently uncooked in the center?

how to make beignets

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Hi, Eric. The problem may be that the cooking oil was too hot. In this case, the outside browns fast and does not allow for the inside to cook thoroughly.


Can instant yeast be used in the recipe? I enjoy your recipes very much.

substitute instant yeast for dry yeast

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To substitute instant yeast for active dry you will need to use about 25 percent less.

a thought

How about air fry?


I can only eat about 3 dozen of these at a time! Really great recipe. Haven't found a better recipe since I was actually in New Orleans @ Mardi Gras 22 years ago.
Thank You! My waistline is NOT thanking you...

I made these for #FatTuesday

I made these for #FatTuesday and they turned out great! Very easy to make (I made the dough the night before and fried them the following morning). The only thing I did different was I piped buttercream frosting into each beignet instead of sprinkling each with powdered sugar. Thank you for the great recipe.

Fried dough

I buy already made dough in dairy dept,
Allow it to rise, then, fry it, not alot of oil,
Drain on paper towel, sprinkle with sugar.
But , piped in with buttercream frosting good idea,