Baked Beignets with Chicory Coffee Sauce

These "beignets" may not be fried, but the chocolaty chicory coffee sauce makes them more than indulgent enough for Mardi Gras.

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Baked Beignets with Chicory Coffee Sauce

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 2 dozen beignets
Active time:35 minutes
Total time:2 hours 10 minutes
This recipe appears in: Wake and Bake: Baked Beignets with Chicory Coffee Sauce
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Ingredients

  • For Beignets:
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • confectioners' sugar
  • For Chicory Coffee Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed chicory coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedures

  1. 1

    Make beignets: In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium low heat until warm to the touch, then take off heat. Whisk in buttermilk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and yeast and let stand 5 minutes.

  2. 2

    In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

  3. 3

    Pour yeast mixture into a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add flour mixture, remaining sugar, and butter to mixer. Mix until ingredients are combined and form a ball, then continue to let the mixer kneed for 5 minutes. Cover bowl with a dish towel and let sit in a warm place for 40 minutes.

  4. 4

    On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a half-inch thick rectangle. Cut dough into rectangles measuring approximately 1 by 2 inches.

  5. 5

    Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place beignets on baking sheet, cover with a dish towel, and let rest 20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake beignets until puffed and golden brown, about 12 minutes.

  7. 7

    Fill a shallow dish with confectioners' sugar. While still hot, roll beignets in sugar to coat. When ready to serve beignets, roll or dust them with extra sugar.

  8. 8

    Make Sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat heavy cream over medium heat until simmering. Whisk in sugar. Take heavy cream off heat and whisk in chocolate until melted.

  9. 9

    Whisk in salt, coffee, and vanilla extract. Serve warm with beignets.

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