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Time To Make The Doughnuts Event

I am busy playing in the kitchen with my mother but I wanted to remind everybody out there that Peabody and I are hosting a doughnut fest on February 15th and invite you all to send us your entries by February 12th if you wish to participate. The ones we have received so far are fabulous, lip-smacking good looking! You will find all the info needed here: Time To Make The Doughnuts.

No long post from me tonight, no strange looking creation or mad scientist tip…just a recipe for beignets and a little plea (continue to read below the beignets) that my mom brought with her for Mardis Gras and that I have not made in years. You can make the round, shape them or fill them if you so desire. Excuse me while I go eat some more chocolate and give her a hug (she always smells like vanilla!).


1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup water,lukewarm
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tb orange blossom flower water

Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Let stand for 10 minutes or until it foams. With a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachement add the egg, salt, orange water and the flour. Beat until smooth. Transfer the dough to a bowl coated with cooking pray and let stand in a warm place until doubled in bulk. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board and cut out round, shapes,… Heat up 2 inches of oil in pan (I use a 9 inch cast iron) to 350F and fry the doughnuts in everal batches. When browned on one side, turn and brown on other side. Drain them on paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Cakebrain February 2, 2008 um 5:36 am

Your beignets are too hard to resist! They look heavenly delicious. I want to make some!
Do you come from a region where you give 3 kisses on the cheek? or 2? or more? I sometimes got deked out (just like in hockey!) when I anticipated one and didn’t get the extra cheek or vice versa. Please give your mom the requisite number of kisses for me. She sounds absolutely adorable and it’s fitting that she should smell of vanilla! I recall purchasing soap at Carrefour with an awesome vanilla scent and haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement in North America! Our versions are too cloying. Everything just seemed better in France!

Manggy February 2, 2008 um 5:38 am

I’ve always wanted to try making donuts… Beignets seem to be the more reasonably-portioned way to go about doing it, heh heh (I always feel guilty eating a whole donut) ๐Ÿ™‚

Rosa's Yummy Yums February 2, 2008 um 9:39 am

Oh, yummy! Beignets are terribly temtping! Fabulous!



JEP February 2, 2008 um 9:59 am

MMmmm…No one could eat "just one" of these!

Anonymous February 2, 2008 um 10:11 am

Your beignets are making me hungry!
Tried my first batch yesterday but I’m not very good at planning so the dough ended up being to airy… Have to try again before the deadline…

Cannelle Et Vanille February 2, 2008 um 10:42 am

I am so tempted to enter the doughnut contest… These look really good!

aforkfulofspaghetti February 2, 2008 um 11:37 am

Those look fabulously light, as well as beautiful… I’m not usually a big donut fan, but these? Lemme at them!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) February 2, 2008 um 2:46 pm

The first time I had beignets was in New Orleans, for breakfast at Cafe du Monde. I’ve thought many times since about trying to make them myself, but I never have. And now here is your lovely recipe….

glamah16 February 2, 2008 um 3:33 pm

My spirit is so willing. But my waist line is screaming Noooo. I will make my best attempt to eneter.

Chris February 2, 2008 um 6:00 pm

Yum! Your beignets look irresistible. I am gearing up to attempt some donut making this evening..should be interesting!

Annina February 2, 2008 um 9:47 pm

I really like your blog and so I added your link on my one! Hope this is ok for you! I’m also a member of the Daring Bakers! ๐Ÿ™‚ So… go on like this! Greetings from Switzerland, Annina (Ann)

La Tartine Gourmande February 2, 2008 um 10:36 pm

Oh the pleasure of beignets. Ca, c’est un souvenir qui m’est bien cher. Ma mere, c’etait la reine des beignets, j’adore. Tres beaux les tiens.

jasmine February 2, 2008 um 10:52 pm

Oooh…haven’t tried making doughnuts or beignets yet…must consider this one…


Anonymous February 3, 2008 um 1:46 am

These look delicious! I really hope I can participate in this event, but it’s really iffy at this point… There’s just so much going on, and baking hasn’t been my top priority. I’ll try my best though!

Lesley February 3, 2008 um 3:20 am

OOoh, thanks for hte beignet recipe, I love them and needed a good one

MyKitchenInHalfCups February 3, 2008 um 2:58 pm

I would so love these. My dad’s doughnuts are the only doughnuts I ever really enjoy. Oh, well but now I do enjoy the one’s our son makes. He learned from his grand dad.
If you need any more reasons, give your mom a hug from me.

Annemarie February 3, 2008 um 11:23 pm

Ah, I have such nice memories of visiting family in New Orleans and dipping into beignets and coffee. Thanks for the recipe!

tara February 3, 2008 um 11:44 pm

Gorgeous stuff; I love the pretty little presentation of the bowl full of doughy goodness. They seem to innocent, and yet so tempting! My father-in-law has requested homemade doughnuts, I do believe your beignets would more than fit the bill.

LizNoVeggieGirl February 4, 2008 um 12:21 am

oooh, those beignets look like a lovely treat – your mom has great taste, asking for them for Mardi Gras!! :0)

Deborah February 4, 2008 um 8:04 pm

I really need to make my donuts this weekend! These look delicious!

Big Boys Oven February 5, 2008 um 5:46 am

Oh gosh, this donut balls look so stunning. Incredible! It really rocks!

Anonymous February 12, 2008 um 10:23 pm

i just got back from new orleans where i was there for two days and somehow managed to make it to cafe du monde for beignets twice! this recipe is heaven-sent. thank you!

ATasteOfMadness March 4, 2012 um 10:24 am

This is making me all nostalgic, thinking back to the good old times I worked at Tim Hortons. I`m sure making it yourself would taste worlds better. They look great!

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