New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (2024)

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Now you can have New Orleans-Style Beignets without leaving the comfort of your home! If you’ve never enjoyed these soft and pillowy fried doughnuts before, you’re in for a treat. Because this is the best beignet recipe!

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Beignets Recipe

We’re heading to New Orleans for vacation today! And I’m SO ready for it. But before we head to the airport, I’m popping in so I can share these beignets with you. And while I can’t say they’re exactly as good as the ones they serve at Café du Monde (aka the best beignets in New Orleans), I can say they’re pretty darn close. So yeah, I guess you could say this is my copycat Cafe du Monde recipe!

They fry up crispy, chewy, and golden brown! Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm!

New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (2)What is a Beignet?

To put it simply, beignets are square shaped pieces of dough that are deep fried and generously sprinkled with confectioners sugar. They’re best served hot and are best paired with a cup of coffee, or café au lait!

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Tips and Tricks:

  • First things first: you need a deep fry (aka candy thermometer) for this recipe. Because if your hot oil temperature is off, your fried dough will be too. This is the candy thermometer I use, and I love it. It’s less than 10 bucks and I’ve probably used it over a hundred times!
  • To proof the yeast mixture, your water should be between 110 and 115 degrees (F). If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast cells, and if it’s too cold, the yeast will remain dormant and the dough won’t rise.
  • Because beignets are best eaten hot, I highly suggest serving these as soon as possible! Once they’ve sat, they become soggy and unappealing.
  • This recipe requires bread flour. Bread flour is a high-gluten flour that has a tiny amount of barley flour and vitamin C added. The barley flour helps the yeast activate, and the vitamin C increases the elasticity of the gluten and its ability to retain gas as the dough rises.
  • The dough does need to be refrigerated for at least 2 hours. The good news? It can be made up to 24 hours in advance!
  • You should also know this recipe makes a TON of beignets, so I suggest having friends over to help you eat them all 😉
  • Finally, don’t skip the confectioner’s sugar! Without it, the beignets are quite plain. To make “dressing” the beignets an easy affair, place them in a paper bag – a few at a time – with a generous amount of sugar and shake for a few seconds. Be sure to have paper towels nearby too… as there’s sure to be a little mess!

Serve these warm, with extra powdered sugar and strong coffee. And enjoy!

If you try this recipe for New Orleans-Style Beignets, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations makes my day ♥

More Beignet Recipes:

  • Lemon Beignets with Fresh Berries
  • Chocolate Beignets

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New Orleans-Style Beignets

Ashley Manila

Now you can have New Orleans-Style Beignets without leaving home!

4.96 from 91 votes

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Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water, between 110 and 115 degrees (F)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups peanut oil, for deep frying
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  • In a medium-size bowl, add the warm water, sugar, and yeast and whisk well to combine. Sit aside for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture has bubbled up and become foamy.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and evaporated milk. Beat in 3 and 1/2 cups of the flour until smooth. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly pour in the yeast mixture (careful here - this mixture can splash up if added to quickly!); beat until smooth. Add in the butter and beat until incorporated. Finally, beat in the remaining 3 and 1/2 cups of flour and salt. Beat until dough is smooth and cohesive; about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.

  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with three layers of paper towels, set aside.

  • In a large enameled cast-iron pan, heat4-inches of oil to 360 degrees (F). Remove the dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 2 and 1/2-inch squares.

  • In batches, fry the dough until they puff up and are golden brown in color, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beignets to the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

  • Dust with powdered sugar and serve at once!

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  1. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (11)Angela Robinson says

    New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (12)
    Excellent recipe

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  2. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (13)Myshka says

    New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (14)
    I had never seen nor tasted a Beignet before but I stumbled on this recipe and had to try it. I left the dough in the fridge for 24 hours and it quadrupled in size. When cooking I used canola oil as I had no peanut oil. I had to eyeball the temperature as I had no thermometer.

    All in all, they came out great and tasted like billowy pillows of happiness. For some reason, my oil started foaming up and was preventing me from looking at the dough as it fried but other than that, it went swimmingly.

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  3. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (15)Jane says

    How long do these last before going stale? I have made similar baked goods that go stale within 2 days.

    Thanks

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  4. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (16)Christina says

    Sounds delicious but impossible to do for me. Would have been good to have Centigrade, gram and so on.

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  5. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (17)Carrie says

    New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (18)
    These turned out great! So soft inside! I’ve made scones before, but this was my first beignet. Chilling the dough before rolling it out seemed to help a lot.

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  6. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (19)Kevin S. says

    New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (20)
    Way better than Café du Monde!

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  7. New Orleans-Style Beignets Recipe - The Best Beignet Recipe (21)Brit says

    Do you have to let the dough come to room temperature prior to frying?

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