Beignets Recipe

Photograph: Alexandra Penfold

There are few places in the States as closely associated with Mardi Gras as New Orleans, and while NOLA has gifted us with many wonderful additions to American cookery, beignets are top of the list with Mardi Gras so near at hand.

For folks outside of New Orleans, the square, fried fritters which are covered (perhaps buried) in powdered sugar are probably most closely associated with the French Quarter's famed Cafe Du Monde, a coffee shop established back in 1862. These beignets were adapted from the Buttermilk Beignets recipe from DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style via Epicurious.

Note: I prefer to use buttermilk powder in my baking because it's easy to keep in the fridge and have it at the ready at a moment's notice. If you prefer you can substitute 1 cup fresh buttermilk for the 4 tablespoons buttermilk powder and 1 cup of water below.

Recipe Details

Beignets Recipe

Active 90 mins
Total 9 hrs 30 mins
Serves 32 beignets


  • 3/4 cup whole milk

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 4 cups bread flour plus extra for flouring work surface

  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Vegetable oil spray for greasing bowl

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 cups powdered sugar for dusting


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium-high heat until small bubbles form along the edges and temperature is between 105 and 110°F. Transfer warm milk to the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Whisk in the yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside for 5 minutes. Mixture should be bubbly.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together remaining sugar, flour, buttermilk powder, baking soda and salt. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture while mixing on low speed to moisten ingredients. Slowly add in the water and vanilla then increase the mixer speed to medium and mix until dough comes together in a ball. Dough will still be wet and tacky.

  3. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and transfer the dough. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface, sprinkle the top with flour and roll out into a large rectangle that's approximately 1/3-inch. Use a sharp knife or pizza wheel to cut the dough into 32 approximately 1 1/2-inch squares.

  5. Fill a Dutch oven or deep fryer with 2 inches of oil. Heat oil over medium heat to 350°F. Using a heat-resistant spatula or shallow, heat resistant strainer, carefully drop beignets in the oil. Be careful not to crowd the beignets in the pan (no more than 2 to 3 beignets at a time). After about a minute the dough will begin to puff up, use wooden chopsticks to turn the beignets and fry until deep golden brown on both sides (about 1-2 minutes per side, use the color as your guide keeping a close eye on keeping the oil temperature as constant as possible). Remove doughnuts immediately from the pan using a heat resistant strainer or tongs. Set on paper towel lined baking racks to cool. Once cooled slightly, heavily dust with confectioner's sugar and serve immediately.

Special equipment

electric stand mixer, dutch oven or electric fryer, wooden chopsticks, heat resistant spatula, heat resistant strainer, frying thermometer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
145 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 32
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)