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Homemade New Orleans Beignets
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Homemade Beignets

Have the wonderful experience of eating New Orleans Beignets right in your home with this easy Homemade Beignets recipe.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 3 dozen beignets
Calories 142kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, and evaporated milk together.
  • Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and mix.
  • Stir in 3 cups of bread flour. (A wooden spoon is good for stirring.)
  • Add shortening and stir it in. Stir in remaining flour.
    Note: The video above shows melted shortening being used, but there is no need to melt the shortening. It will mix in just fine in solid form.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  • Coat a large bowl with oil, place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise at least 2 hours or place in refrigerator overnight.
  • Pour about 3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven and heat to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut 2-inch squares. (This is easy to do with a pizza cutter.)
  • Working about 4 at a time, place in oil and fry, flipping continuously until they are golden brown.
  • Test one to make sure it is cooked through. Drain on paper towels and coat with powdered sugar.


Calories: 142kcal