Beignets

 (ben-yays)

Café du Monde is the most popular place in New Orleans to get Beignets, café au lait, and chicory coffee.

 


1        cup lukewarm water

1/3    cup powdered milk

2        tablespoons shortening

2        tablespoons sugar

1        tablespoon dry yeast

1        egg

3        cups flour

1        teaspoon salt

         

          vegetable oil, for deep frying

         

          powdered sugar

 

 

 

 

     Mix the water, milk, shortening, sugar, and dry yeast; mix in the egg.  Using a dough hook, add the flour and salt until the mixture is a very soft dough.

     Let rise until doubled in bulk.  Punch down and knead gently on floured board.  Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 2-inch squares with a pizza cutter.  Cover and let rise again 30-45 minutes.

     Drop squares into hot oil, turning once when golden brown on bottom side.  Drain on paper towels and dust with sifted powdered sugar.  Serve warm.