Friday, February 05, 2010
Beignets... inspired by The Princess and the Frog
If you have seen the movie then you know that in the cafe scene this treat is one of the dishes featured when we see Tiana at work.
The French word Beignet (ben-yay) means 'fried dough'. After researching recipes from New Orleans, reading about the history of the beignet on line, I started experimenting and came up with a recipe that my two trusty taste testers approved of!
Alida's Russian Beignets
1/2 cup water
2 Tbl sugar
3/4 cup flour
Dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla
To make the choux:
Combine water, sugar, butter and salt in saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring while the butter melts. Turn down heat and add flour all at once, stirring until the mixture forms a ball. Turn off heat.
After making the choux: Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, whipping vigorously with wire whisk, until mixture is smooth and shiny. Let sit in fridge for a bit to cool.
Drop by rounded teaspoons into hot oil. Fry a few beignets at a time until they are golden brown. Keep a watch on the temp of the oil so as not to cook too fast or burn the beignets.
Remove them with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels. Makes aprox. 2 1/2 dozen.
Tom and Spencer enjoyed this batch the best and we all think they taste like the Russian doughnuts that we love called 'ponchiki'.