Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Turkey & Beignets (ben-yAys)

Here is the succulent, flavorful bird we ingested on Thursday past. I just wanted to show it off since it was my first turkey and it was pretty darn good ifIdosaysomyself. But here is what this post is really about:
Yes. From the french word for "bump". The beautiful, deep-fried, sugary world of beignets. Delightful little pillowy pastries smothered in confectioners' sugar. What more could you ask for come breakfast time? Nothing, that's what.

Mine are slightly darker than normal because I used wheat flour instead of regular, so they were also kind of healthy... right?

Easy to prepare the night before, these little buggers will delight your little buggers, and big buggers, too! Here's the recipe:

1 (1/4 oz.) envelope active dry yeast
1 C warm water (105-115 F)
3/4 C evaporated milk
1/4 C sugar
1 T salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4-41/2 C all purpose flour
vegetable oil
sifted powdered sugar

1. combine yeast and water in 2 cup liquid measuring cup; let stand five minutes.
2. combine mixture, evaporated milk, and next three ingredients. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Cover and chill for eight hours.
3. Turn dough out onto well floured surface; knead 5-6 times. Roll into 15"x12 1/2" rectangle. Cut into 2 1/2" squares.
4. Pour oil to depth of 3"-4" into Dutch oven and heat to 375 F. Fry three or four at a time, one minute on each side until golden. Drain on baking rack covered with paper bag. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yield: 2 1/2 doz.

Happy Baking & Enjoi!

And unfortunately I'm only half a good hostess because I forgot to take pictures of our Thanksgiving houseful. But oh well, they'll live.


stella g. said...

deep fried whole wheat! sounds healthy to me - and yummy. i've never heard of these things but i might have to give beignets a shot!

erin w. said...

mmmm, sounds delish! i'm super impressed with the turkey. i have yet to make one, unless crock-pot turkey counts.