When our children were little we watched the Princess and the Frog, the Disney movie, together and one of the scenes that stuck out in my head was when Lottie is asking Tia to make her famous Man-Catching Beignets to help her catch the prince. After watching it I had to know what these were! I went to the computer and quickly googled “What is a beignet?” then I searched for how to make them. Now let me just say, my first attempt at making them with my children was comedic and a bit horrible. We had round dark globs that were not completely cooked. But, we did not let that stop us from trying again. I researched several different ways and methods of making them, and today I am sharing the best way we have found to make your own famous “Man-Catching Beignets” Hope you enjoy!
These amazingly pillow soft and fluffy fritters are amazingly simple and delicious! They give you a sense of a down-home Louisiana feel the moment you bite into them. These are a favorite with my family, everyone always gets excited when they are hearing that I am making them.
1 hour, 45 minutes
2 hours, 30 minutes
These can be served hot or cold, with or without powdered sugar.
3/4 cup water lukewarm
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or 1 envelope)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter unsalted and softened
Vegetable oil or Canola for frying
In a small bowl combine the water, yeast and sugar. Whisk it all together a bit and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast dissolves and starts to froth up.
Once the yeast has dissolved, add the egg, milk and whisk.
To the bowl of your mixer combine the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and butter to the bowl. Using the dough hook, mix it well until well incorporated. You will know that the dough is done when it comes clean from the sides of the bowl.
Remove the dough from the mixer and place it in an oiled bowl.
Cover it with a clean damp towel or plastic wrap [if you use plastic wrap oil it slightly before covering your bowl and dough, if you don’t the dough will stick to it once it rises] and let it sit and double in size, anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, in a warm place. [ Want to make the proofing easier? Heat your oven on the lowest setting then turn it off once it reaches the temp. Place your bowl in the oven and let it proof]
Roll out the dough in a long rectangle that’s about 3/4 of an inch in thickness. Cut the dough in long strips then cut the strips to form squares. Use a pizza cutter or pastry cutter for ease with cutting the dough, also use something with a straight line to make sure they are as even as possible.
Add about 3 inches of oil to a deep frying pan, I used a Dutch Oven. Before frying the beignets make sure the oil is hot, it needs to be 350 F degrees. Fry the beignets, about 5 or 6 at a time until golden brown on both sides.
Make sure you turn them on both sides to fry them evenly.
Transfer the beignets to a large bowl lined with paper towels to drain some of the excess oil.
Drizzle honey over the beignets and then sprinkle beignets with powdered sugar and serve.